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Mechanic?

Janger

(John)
Administrator
Premium Member
#1
Can anyone suggest a decent mechanic in the south end? I need a timing belt replaced in my daughters old Hyundai Elantra.
 
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Alexander

Super User
Administrator
#2
Had you thought of doing it yourself? I put a new timing belt and water pump in my car and it was pretty easy.
 

Janger

(John)
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Premium Member
#3
We’re probably going to do that. The belt is $60. The quote was $675. Changing the water pump - you went ahead and did that? You had it apart so convenient but did you think it was necessary?
 

Alexander

Super User
Administrator
#4
The timing belt and water pump should be replaced together probably. The pump was a $100 part and I had to pull the motor to get the timing cover off. My water pump was under the timing cover and driven by the timing belt. I took auto mechanics in school and they said to replace those 2 parts together because they last about the same amount of time. But I'm no expert.
 

Bofobo

Well-Known Member
#5
If its not weeping you could re use it, it is typical for cheep insurance to do both but its an easy swap later, over added expence now, .... um lets consider the size and orientations of these engines ... im thinking chevy and you have hyundai, if its more than an hour to take the water pump off replace it while you there, if like my jimmy it takes 15 minutes or less with practice, i reuse
 

RobinHood

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Premium Member
#6
I am with Bofobo: if it’s easy to get at, just replace the timing belt and tensioner. If it’s a PITA, change the water pump as well.

As an aside: when we changed the timing belt on our Volvo @ 240K (it had been done once before by a Volvo Dealer garage @ 120K), we found they had missed the timing by one cog. It was three cogs out on a Subaru! So much for pro shops....

Do It Yourself (if you have time and the tools)
 
#7
Not sure on your car, but some have the water pump driven by the timing belt. A water pump failure can cause the belt to fail and if the engine has interference valves, you will end up having to rebuild the head also. Cheap insurance to replace the water pump while doing the belt.
 

kevin.decelles

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Premium Member
#9
+1 for diy

I priced out a head gasket replacement on a ford ranger...... 1600 labour on 400 parts..... waiting for spring to arrive and ill do it myself. Can't justify filling up the shop with the ranger in the winter

Good luck with the pump.


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