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.