I went did a regular car service (Minor). Thought it's going be a easy service which won't take long... and then he called and told me i need to get my %26quot;Timing Belt%26quot; changed...
He said it's quite important and urgent, so i asked him for the quote... and it was $850 including labor, so i said i might have a think about it for now.
So i went online and browse around and saw most of the timing belt cost about AUD$100+- which is far far away from the quote? Would the other $750 be labor...?!?!?
Can someone tell me was the quote over priced? or that's the standard charge? Also i live near Sydney City, if anyone could suggest any other places i can change my timing belt with a lower cost that would be greatly appreciated!!! Also how much would it normally cost to replace a new timing belt? Do i really need to change it? How do i know when i need to change it?
PS: I've got a 1998 Toyota Camery (140,000 km)
Cheers!Timing Belt replacement cost?Timing belts are very important. They control the valves in relation to the pistons in your engine. If the timing belt should break the pistons can run into the valves which would break your engine in ways that would be VERY expense We are talking Replacement cost of 2000-3500 USD. Your car has about twice the mileage on it that timing belts should be replaced. The estimate that you have seems reasonableTiming Belt replacement cost?You were probably looking at estimates for accessory drive belts (alternator, a/c compressor and power steering pump) You need your timing belt replaced which is a totally different belt, it keeps internal parts of your engine at the right place at the right time (valve timing)....if it breaks, your car will not run. $850 seems about right depending on the motor (2.2L or the v6) and also if they are replacing the water pump, idler, and tentioner pulleys, and the oil seals (cam, crank, and oil pump) at the same time which is always a good idea.
Good luck!Timing Belt replacement cost?I would get a quote from the Toyota dealer to compare and make note of all the other services it includes. Often times (but not always) the shops that give you better deals are often leaving out other things that should be replaced/repaired with the timing belt and may cut corners.Timing Belt replacement cost?They will charge labour + consumables (coolent, oil, grease ect.) + parts that you prob dont need but by the book needs to be done also. So yes you are gettin ripped off. The place i worked charged around about 350 to change a timing belt and 500 for timing chain becoz theres a little more involved. Shop around or find someone whose handy.