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Hello, about 2 weeks ago my timing belt broke. I had it towed to a shop who suggested 1. Replacing the head-said this would create an issue with the bottom end, and stress it out until it would burn oil. 2. Replace the entire engine, because it had 240K+ miles on it. Both those options would cost between $1100 to $2400.
So I have taken the car to a family friend who is a mechanic. He is saying that he can replace the bent valves, replace the timing belt and install a new head gasket, and we should be good to go?!? He is willing to do the work for cost of parts plus $350 labor. Is this a good deal???
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How was the engine before the belt broke? Burning any oil? Low compression? Anything like that might lead you to get a new engine.
First step (duh) is take off the head. At that point you can evaluate possible damage to the tops of the pistons. In the unlikely chance a valve actually broke (not just bent) look for damage on cylinder walls. And make a decision whether to re-use the block.
I don't know why a new head would cause problems with the bottom end. But if your bottom end is already weak, then take that into consideration.
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Well, I will pick it up later today. The car was in great shape before (no burning oil or other issues.), it has been well maintained. The mechanic says all the exhaust valves bent. Also had to replace the 2 sensors, along with the head and intake gaskets.
I will be glad to follow-up. The belt that snapped only had 41k miles on it! This car was my wife's car before she got a 2007 Accord. She was religious about the maintenance. So I have all the service records. This is the 3rd timing belt change.
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