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And this couple wants to use the phone to get a ride home, there car broke down in front of my house.

So I ask, "what kind of car is it"? And she say's "Ford Escort"
(2nd gen 1.9 5 speed wagon 170k)

Me "ORLY?"

Sooo I go out there and help the guy get it off the road and into a drive way. I had him turn it over and it sounds like there is no compression. And since they did'nt say any thing about loud or funny noises, I'm 99.9999999% sure it's just a timing belt.

Well they could'nt find a ride so my wife took em home, they only live about 10 miles away and offered to pay for gas.

So I told them I'd do the timing belt for $140, and have it ready tomarrow afternoon. Should be a good deal since they dont have to pay a tow truck & a shop.
What do you think?
How much do shop's charge for timing belts?
 

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Shops charge like $250++ for a timing belt easily. You are doing them a favor and I would let you do my timing belt for that price.
 

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hua, yep timing belt problems.


The water pump idler pully-bearing fell apart, and pushed the belt off the pullies and chewed it all to hell.
Water pump still felt good, so I installed a new bearing I had left over from some other water pump.
Started at 8:00am and done at 9:00am, car is allready picked up. jeffescortlx at ur service.
 

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We just did the same job at the shop and the bill was $315.60 , parts and labor. ALLDATA book time 2.2 for the belt and a additional .5 for the pulley.
 

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We just did the same job at the shop and the bill was $315.60 , parts and labor. ALLDATA book time 2.2 for the belt and a additional .5 for the pulley.
2.2 + .5 book time eh? I guess I'm good! :wink:

Well I saved the guy a couple hundred bucks...gave them a ride home, plus saved them a tow.

But his timing belt cover is no more. He still does have all of his splash sheilds though, so chances of somthing getting in there is slim.
 

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not bad! My buddy and I had to do his at the side of the road a while back... took us probably 2-3 hours with just the tools we had in the car. We ended up just busting off the cover as well.
 

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We ended up just busting off the cover as well.
I did'nt want to...BUT the accessory belt tensioner bolt head was stripped, and some ape tightend the bolt beyond belief. And sice the cover was allready wrecked by the belt getting pushed into it, I just busted it off.
 

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you're supposed to tell them that you took it off to keep the belt from overheating :wink:
I told him and showed him, but by looking at the rest of the car I dont think he's gonna worry about it. :shit:
 

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good man... I once drove a poor lady to get gas... she was hysterical like someone had just died. turns out some complete asshole pulled over and told her she needed to move her car or it would be towed so she was afraid running to get gas with me it was going to be towed... after telling her about the 10th time that it would not be a problem, i pushed the car up onto the grass beside the freeway and went and paid for her 5 gallons to fill her can (she had no money)... she told me in small talk that she was basically in a womans shelter in vancouver to get away from an abusive man.

sucks now because im always so busy, going 40 minutes out of my way is hard to do now a days.

if there were more people in the world like you the world would be a great place... you had my escort respect now you just flat out have my respect!
 

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Engines look more racey without the timing cover anyway. Like you can go in there and adjust the sprockets at any moment. Too bad they're not adjustable.


So did you already have the parts?? I changed my timing belt on my 93 egt on my driveway and it took me a week. Little bits of the job after work. A friend worked at the local Mazda dealer so he got me the belt for his cost, and it was still expensive. Another time, I had an 82 626 and he brought it in and got the starter changed for free! Don't know how that happened, the part was worth more then the car!

I can remember many years ago I stopped on the highway for this stricken Alliance. Luckily I just needed to reattach the + wire to the alternator, which was mounted mercifully near the top of things, and give them a boost. She was a hot chick but I waited in vain for the offer of thank you sex LOL. I didn't wanna bring it up myself. J/K

Once a couple of years ago just tooling around locally I spotted a 323 with its hood folded all the way back to the windshield. Hood ruined, glass busted, the works. So I pulled over and checked it out. This woman had her kid's car and just got the car from the Mazda dealer for an oil change. Not 5 miles later the hood flies up! She just wanted to get herself back there to tell them. I was going that way anyway but that didn't stop her from being profusely appreciative and calling me her guardian angel.
 

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so we know the hot stranded ladies of the world are safe with madbrad we just need people to cover the dudes and ugly chicks!
 

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FordBoy4ever said:
if there were more people in the world like you the world would be a great place... you had my escort respect now you just flat out have my respect!
I'm not that nice, I did'nt do it for free. buck forty cash :wink:

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So did you already have the parts??
yep, did'nt have to go to the parts store, just my bucket-of-parts-I-dont-want-to-throw-out-cuz-I-might-need-it-someday-bucket.

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She was a hot chick but I waited in vain for the offer of thank you sex LOL. I didn't wanna bring it up myself. J/K
So your saying she brought it up? :scratch:
 

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Jeffescortlx said:
FordBoy4ever said:
if there were more people in the world like you the world would be a great place... you had my escort respect now you just flat out have my respect!
I'm not that nice, I did'nt do it for free. buck forty cash :wink:
yeah but 140 is just about free considering it would have been a tow, and a shops rate and own schedule, so the cost of a tow, a week sitting in line at the shop (or waiting on parts ;) ) then 300 bucks for the work and parts... you saved them a TON of money AND gave them a ride home. that sounds like a pretty good thing to me...

i would agree with you if you charged them 450 telling them you are still saving them money so your a better deal than a shop... you didnt exploit these people and gave them a great deal...
 

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nobody knows escorts more than u Jeff... did u tell them about ur turbo pony? :)
 

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Good one

You should get paid for your knowledge and efforts.
I still may hold the record for roadside belt replacement.
I had the advantage of it being a 91 pony with no power steering, timing belt cover and the timing marks were well marked with white paint.

Had a breakover with the correct socket for the crank pulley (used for lug nuts too!)

Turn the steering hard right, remove the splash shield and put the breakover on the nut facing forward....bump the starter and its off!

turn the crank pully to the correct position and remove.
Clean out the stuff under the crank gear and remove the belt.

Remove fan belt and position cam gear.
13 mm for the belt tensioner and breakover to compress it.
Install belt and release and tighten tensioner.

With car out of gear install the crank pully and turn crank 2 times to check
new belt alignment.
Put car in gear and tighten crank bolt.

Start car....if it runs well, turn off and reinstall fan belt and splash shield.

Never even had to jack it up, about 20 minutes and I went to the parts store to get a new spare belt that night.
140,000 miles and I have gone through 3 belts and had only I tire problem needing a spare.

Best fix I did was when a couple had a broken axle on their Austin Healey.
Trooper knew the local sheriff owned a Triumph and called him.
Sheriff called me and I just happen to have the tight stuff to have him back on the road in about 2 hours.
Healey guy was driving from Arizona to Florida and just knew he was trapped.
Gve him a few numbers of some fellow Spridgeteers along his route, one of which fixed his bad dist cap on the return trip.

We still stay in touch and I have a standing invite for skiing.
You can never make too many friends.

Bruce
 

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^ well I'm glad I've never had to do a T-belt along side the road. I'm a big baby when it comes to that, I like having my garage with tools, shade from the heat and a clean floor to work on.

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nobody knows escorts more than u Jeff... did u tell them about ur turbo pony? :)
No I did'nt tell him any details, he did'nt seem like much of a car-guy. I'm sure he just thinks of the car as cheap transportaion. The car felt neglacted, dirty oil, seat belts were broken (big surprise haha) power windows were messed up, the brakes hardly worked, and I think I heard a CV joint clicking to, and I think he had some kind of coolent leak (but was'nt the water pump).
 
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