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I am approaching 90,000 miles. Should i have my timing belt replaced? Live in New Jersey, any idea of the cost of a timing belt change? I will be doing the Tune up (change all filters and spark plugs) too.
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Your owners manual probably does'nt mention a timing belt replacement interval. Its your call. The double overhead cam cars that get reved hard, probably get changed at the 70,000 mile range. The 91 on up single cam cars with automatic transmissions driven by older farts like me don't see much over 3 grand. When mine goes or gets replaced the water pump will get replaced too. A water pump that goes bad will take out a new belt and leave you sit. I got 115,00 on the original belt and water pump. It's not a pleasant job to do because of the tight quarters. I think a stick shift car just naturally gets revved higher. I'd be curious to hear what the higest milage a belt and water pump lasted on a second and third generation single cam car.
 

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Wouldn't hurt :wink:

Ford doesn't specify it in their manual. Haynes says every 60 000 miles. I was at about 114 000 miles before mine got changed. It was in good shape, but needed a change. I believe the rule of thumb is evry 100 000 miles. A new belt makes a surprising difference :wink:

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Replacement of the waterpump is not required but is highly recommended.

The only real cost is the cost of the belt. If all you want to do is save money, just replace the belt and let the rest slide.
 

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my 88 egt broke 1 yr ago at 85,000 miles.

You can do this yourself, should take around 8-12 hrs. make sure you have pateince and good tools :)

later.... o yea, the mechanic in town gave me a quote of $600! the actual belt only cost $12
 

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pballer98c said:
You can do this yourself, should take around 8-12 hrs. make sure you have pateince and good tools :)
Oh dear 8O

Mine was done in half that.

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Called up Pep-Boys and they seemed confused as to why i would want to change my water pump too? Is the water pump in the same location or is it also driven by the timing belt? My engine is 2.0L SOHC I4 (4 Cylinder)
 

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Yes, the water pump is driven by the timing belt. A lot of people think that the water pump has to be changed whenever you change your timing belt, but I disagreee. As long as there is no play in the pump pulley, the car has shown you no signs of overheating, and there is no leaking in the vecinity of the pump prior to changing the belt, you're most likely going to be just fine. Like I said, I changed my belt at about 114 000 miles (183 000km). I now have over 148 000 miles (238 000km) on the car with that same water pump and it still shows no signs at all of failing. It wasn't broken, or going to break, so why fix it?

My opinion :wink:

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If you're going to get the belt done and pay for a shop to do it, you might as well get the pump at the same time. I had my belt done when it broke, and then 15k miles later the water pump died so I did it myself and put a new belt on with it. It's not really hard to do, now that I have done it once I could do it again in about 2 hours. Just FYI, the belt and pump only cost like $60-70 total, so you are paying huge labor costs to get a shop to do it for you.
 

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a new twist............

Well do I have an interesting story!! I got the
timing belt and water pump changed at a mechanic shop.
I drive off and a mile later down the highway, the
engine starts making a rattling noise (like a chain or
something) and white smoke comes out of the exhaust.
The engine then dies on me. I take it back to the shop
and the mechanic finds out that he forgot to fit back
the clip on the bottom radiator hose and so the water
got drained away!! He fixes that back and says that
everything is ok. Now I have to take his word for this
- praying that the head gasket was not lost.
I need your expert input on this, what was all the
white smoke and rattling noise caused by? He offered
some explanations for all of them - but it really
doesn't make much sense to me. The engine so far
seems to be running fine.
 
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as other's pointed out...The timing belt isn't a very difficult project...
If you have all the tools it shouldn't take you more than 2-3 hours...
My belt broke on my 91 escort...I replaced it in about 2 hours time...About 3 weeks later my water pump went...When it went,it broke the timing belt I just replaced.So I had to spend another $35.00 for a new timing belt...So my advice would be change both..

FYI:
Just in case you don't know this little trick already...When your changing parts that require a gasket...Tie the gasket to the part with some sewing thread...It makes lining up the bolt holes & the gasket a hell of a lot easier..
 

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printman31 said:
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...When your changing parts that require a gasket...Tie the gasket to the part with some sewing thread...It makes lining up the bolt holes & the gasket a hell of a lot easier..
That's a neat trick. I just wipe bearing grease on the back of the gasket. Sticks like mad to the surface.

Matt 8)
 
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