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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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2003 Eclipse GT Broken Timing Belt=New Engine???

I just had my car towed to PepBoys. They said my timing belt snapped,and I have a leak in my water pump. Okay??? Then they tell me its VERY POSSIBLE that the engine has major internal damage, and a new engine will cost around $4000. I'm not paying that. My question is, how likely is it that I do need a new engine? And, is there a way to tell if the engine is okay without spending $400 on a new timing belt? Couldn't they do a compression test? Or is that after they put on a new belt? I just don't like being lied to. Who does? Does all of this sound legit? Any help, would be appreciated.
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my thoughts

double work ... any compression test needs the timing belt fitted first .. then undone to remove heads

internal damage not likely unless engine was
revving high
over heated
or high mileage engine

when a timing belt breaks usually a few valves bend or damage the valve guides in a head

wont know piston or chamber damage until heads are off

water pump and timing belt done at same time

get prices for recoed heads or even a used engine and drop that in


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My co-worker bought a used Audi A4, I told her to check the service history for the timing belt being done. ~4 months after she bought it, the belt snapped and the damage was done. $10,000 CAD quote from Audi to replace the engine with a new crate engine. It still cost her labour and everything around $4,000 CAD to have a used one put in by a different shop. So 4k USD for a new one isn't too horrible. There is quite a bit of labour involved in a engine swap your not just paying for parts. Even to have it fully checked out is going to take some time.

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