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  • avatar alaskanj 03/14/10 4:35 am PST

    That 500 dollars is a cheap investment if you plan on keeping the car for more than a couple more years. The mechanic is right about the possible damage that can occur if ignored too long and it fails. Although some people never change out timing belts and nothing happens. After 4 years the chance of belt failure rises significantly. Not sure bout the easton part though. But yeah if you do it be sure to do the water pump just as recommended.

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  • alaskanj 03/14/10 4:35 am PST

    That 500 dollars is a cheap investment if you plan on keeping the car for more than a couple more years. The mechanic is right about the possible damage that can occur if ignored too long and it fails. Although some people never change out timing belts and nothing happens. After 4 years the chance of belt failure rises significantly. Not sure bout the easton part though. But yeah if you do it be sure to do the water pump just as recommended.

  • morin2 03/14/10 11:19 am PST

    The Neon engine is an interference engine, so if your timing belt breaks, it will likely cause serious damage when the pistons crash the valves. Here is an explanation of how your Neon timing belt works:
    http://www.cdnauto.org/timing_belt.asp

    There are many brands of timing belts. Ask your mechanic why he uses that brand and if there is a warranty on the job or part. The belt itself is only about $50 but there is a lot of labor involved. The price you were quoted sounds about right and yes, you should have the water pump done at the same time and the tension kit is a good idea.

    There are lists online of non-interference engines - in which a broken belt means you just lose power and coast off to the side of the road - with no engine damage. If you're a used car shopper looking to minimize future maintenance costs, you may want to consider that in the future, or an engine with a timing chain rather than a belt.

  • knowledgepower 03/21/10 6:33 pm PST

    I had this done to my Neon and the price is about right. Once the timing belt and waterpump is installed you can easily go another 100,000 miles, I did at 90,000 and again at 190,000 and still running.

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