93 Ford Escort with broken timing belt

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Old 11-29-09, 09:57 PM
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93 Ford Escort with broken timing belt

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How much could I expect to pay for labor for broken timing belt? I also bought water pump. Didn't totally remove cover, as this is a 12 step process. Visually inspected and timing belt had a lot of play and didn't look like was around other parts. I'm looking to spend less than $250 because I have own parts.
Car would not start after shutting off. No water in oil, spark plugs dry no oil around engine ect. Car cranks. And I replaced fuel filter. Air filter also clean. Fuel pump is working.
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Old 11-30-09, 02:11 AM
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You may be lucky in that you don't have an "interference" type engine which suffers bent valves if the timing belt breaks. I looked up your car in the Gates timing belt guide and you may want to replace it for sure if it broke and the car was still running ok. The cost would be about $500, but you'll need a new water pump at the same time too. Your battery needs replacing if it's 5 years old or more. Try loosening and rotating the battery cables back and forth on the battery posts and retightening them. Then get a jump start and drive to an auto parts store for a free battery and charging system check if the car runs ok.
 
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Old 11-30-09, 04:59 AM
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I didn't see any mention of a battery problem; he said it cranks.

If you have the parts, $250 should come close to covering the labor depending on the labor rate in your area. Most 4-cylinder timing belt jobs run about 2-3 hours labor time. The hitch is that many garages will not install customer-supplied parts or will not warranty the work.
 
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Old 11-30-09, 04:25 PM
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93 ford escort timing belt

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Thanks to all who replied. Cheapest garage wanted to charge $260 with own parts. Pep Boys wanted over $700 for timing belt and water pump! I'm having someone do it for about $150. They work on cars as a side job. If something goes wrong, they will rectify. Battery is less than 6 months old. Yes, I'm glad I don't have the interference engine, or iI:would be in trouble. I bought the timing belt and water pump (comes with tensioner and a seal.) I don't need any other seals or anything , do I?
 
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Old 11-30-09, 05:01 PM
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No, that should do it. For a side job $150 is reasonable. I once towed a Honda away from a franchise place that quoted the lady $1200 to do timing belt, water pump, and fix an oil leak (valve cover or something similarly easy). Whatever the traffic will bear sometimes.
 
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Ford Escort with timing belt issue

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Should I have them test engine for compression or anything before doing timing belt/water pump? I won't be there. They are towing car to their place/garage.
Since it is a non interference engine, I am sure it will be fine.
However, car dosent' turn over so I don't know how testing for compression would be achieved.And I'm not paying them until it is fixed. Maybe I will pay towing charge of $20
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Old 12-01-09, 04:27 AM
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Low price for the tow. Yes, not possible to do compression test until the belt's already done. If the car was running okay otherwise when the belt broke, I wouldn't expect any problems.
 
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93 ford escort fixed!

Hi,

My car is now fixed! Mechanic said water pump was very leaky, timing belt was shredded at bottom and some seals/gaskets were old/needed replaced. And also had new antifreeze put in.
Thank you everyone for responding.
 
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