Timing belt delay

backseat_nick Feb 5, 2017

  1. backseat_nick

    backseat_nick Test Drive

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    Hi my 2002 xterra died a few months ago and I thought it was one of the recall issues so I brought it to the dealership

    So they put a new distributor cap and charged me many hundreds for "working on the abs" cause the light was on (of course that light came back on a week later) .

    Anyway they were really pushing at the dealership about me replacing the timing belt which I guess is a rebuild of that whole system .

    So I didn't do it, I'm not going to do it with them and pay an extra 300 cause its the dealership. But my question is what am I risking by delaying this repair? The truck runs nice , its at just 70k on it and I have payments left on it so I do want to treat it nicely. But ive got a baby which seems to take all my time and money. ...

    Thanks in advance for your advice

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  2. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Timing belts should be replaced every 100k-ish miles, preferably before that time. If your timing belt goes, so does the greater part of your engine.
     
  3. backseat_nick

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    Thats the kind of simple input I can handle. What are the indicators that a timing belt is on its way out?

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  4. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    There really aren't any. It's hidden under a cover, and if you dig in far enough to check it, you might as well replace it. You'll know it's bad when your truck just stops and won't restart.

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  5. backseat_nick

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    Thanks, what is a fair price for me to pay to have it replaced,
    ? also what other associated parts should be replaced at the same time?

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  6. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    $300 isn't bad, my shop does it for 250. Water pump is done at the same time, front seals are easy if they're leaking.

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  7. harryron

    harryron Suspension Lift Supporting Member

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    It really depends on where you live, I can get some work done cheaper than say someone across the country or another city. Water pump, thermostat, and front seals so it reduces the chances of them leaking later.

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  8. backseat_nick

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    So thats 300 in labor ? what is fair for the parts? Should I request particular brand parts?

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  9. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Founding Member

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    you are going to have about a grand in total to have it done, belts, hoses, fluids, water pump, cam seals, tensioner, with the new timing beltand about a day of labor. We have interferance engines, so the valves occupy the same space as the top of the pistons.

    The timing belt is supposed to be changed 100k or 7 years whatever is first.
     
  10. Cpl Dirk Hradec

    Cpl Dirk Hradec Test Drive

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    That's how it happened to me....

    Much better to get it to taken care of before it gets to that point.
     
  11. backseat_nick

    backseat_nick Test Drive

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    I paid 768 , in brooklyn so I think thats about as good as I could get. The mechanic said it was right on time and a lot of the parts were loose.

    Thanks to everyone who replied. I might have delayed this and really messed up my beloved family xterra if not for your advice

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