[nikonf4] Timing Belt / Water Pump

  • From: Koichi Mac <nikonf3tmd4@xxxxxxx>
  • To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 02:35:00 -0800

        I once decided to replace water pump and timing belt on my Audi 4Q 
5-cylinder engine.  Took me 3 days to complete.  I was sorry I started it.


Koichi Yasutani - a.k.a. Steve + MP
Lakewood, WA U.S.A.
2010 / 11 / 25          02:35 PST

On Nov 24, 2010, at 0748 , Dave wrote:

> Typical.
> 
> Some 4 cylinder engines have a balance shaft which does nothing but swing 
> eccentric weights around to balance the reciprocating forces in the engine. 
> It looks like a camshaft with no lobes on it. I don't know how that impacts 
> the timing belt job, unless it's driven by its own separate belt. Always go 
> with the independents who specialize in a particular make. They're the dealer 
> mechanics who were too good for the dealer to keep.
> 
> One thing that adds to the cost of a timing belt job is replacing the idler 
> and tensioner pulleys and bearings and (on some engines) the water pump as 
> long as you're in there. 
> 
> From: Eric Welch <ericwelch@xxxxxx>
> To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Tue, November 23, 2010 11:34:40 PM
> Subject: [nikonf4] Re: Power Steering
> 
> Highway robbery. Like Honda charging me $850 to change the timing belt, but 
> an independent Honda repair shop will do it for $247, or $450 with a balanced 
> shaft. (Whatever that is.)
> 
> On Nov 23, 2010, at 8:20 AM, Dave wrote:
> 
>> It's sad, but mechanics aren't mechanics any more; they're parts changers. 
>> PS is a good example of this. If the rack seals leak, the parts should cost 
>> about $15, and the labor could be an hour or two. Instead of pressing in new 
>> seals (because they don't know how) they replace the whole rack assembly. 
>> 
>> Yes, you can kill ants with a shotgun.
>> 
>> From: Eric Welch <ericwelch@xxxxxx>
>> To: "nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Mon, November 22, 2010 11:06:45 PM
>> Subject: [nikonf4] Re: Power Steering
>> 
>> It had been leaking significantly, and the did an alignment that added up to 
>> about $900. Might as well have been made of gold. Except that's about $1,400 
>> an ounce these days. 

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