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#1 Old 04-26-2011, 10:04 PM
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Question Timing Belt Service... Help

ok so i got an oil change earlier today and im currently at 117,000 with absolutely no major problems thank god! a few minor like i get 2 error codes for the sirius radio service not being connected ne ways my mechanic shop tells him to recommend me for the timing belt service at $850 are they freakn serious about that? is it possible to DIY if so what steps to take.

also i'v seen a few threads where ppl are actually recommending this at 100k, 102k,105k or 8 yrs well as of today im at 117,000 is there a particular brand timing belt i should look for also should i be replacing anything else along with this.. OR SINCE IM AT 117,000 WITHOUT REPLACING THE TIMING BELT IM SPEEDING ON DEATHS CLOCK?

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From what I've read $850 isn't bad to have the timing belt replaced if that includes parts and labor. I haven't looked into where you can buy a replacement belt or gaskets but it is possible to do it yourself if you are mechanically inclined.

Just doing a quick browse through the forums it looks hit or miss with the timing belt and water pump. They either fail early or they don't. Regardless, having your timing belt skip a tooth and fry your engine is a bad thing and the recommended replacement is 100k miles.

I'd go ahead and replace it

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yeah im actually doing research now on the timing belt replacement service kinda got me worried reading these threads and yes its for parts and labor 850 ever since reading on this last night i've been doing about 40 mph cause im hearing everybody saying theirs failed at 60,70 mph smh lol... weird thing is i dont know if will but i got car md had it for a month now and no code or anything pop up for timing belt so either car md is a waist of money or im doing fairly good either way im going to get this done soon as possible.
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Timing belts can pop at any time. On start up, cruising, taking off etc. It's a belt, you certainly don't want it to break, these are interference engines and if you don't fix it now, you will have double or even triple the cost to fix.
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That's a freaking hefty price tag...I may have to start saving up for that. I got about 40k miles till 100k.

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yes it is hefty and i wish my guys told me this before i purchased the mopar cai 312usd and the blastin bobs 300+ i could of been working on getting the replacement now i may be reselling those items if i cant afford that fix.
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I thought the 3.5 used a timing chain like the 5.7

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so im going to get this done 2morow morning got it down to 650 at a different shop 650 usd for parts n labor gonna take half a day to complete so hopefully i will have my baby back by noon - 3pm.
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I have done the job a few times on the 3.5L... Never on a charger yet though.

Here is a thread I made on the LH cars forums:

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SOOOOOOOOO.... i had to reschedule this smh the guys was short handed today (say it will take 6-7 hours) so it looks like thursday morning instead.
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