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  • louis100
  • 2000 Dodge Neon

Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

While driving the car, the timing belt broke. I understand that this engine is an " interference engine", meaning that if the belt breaks, the engine is ruined and a new engine should be installed.
My local Dodge dealer tells me that they can replace the belt and its related parts (tensioner, pulley, water pump, etc.) For $ 1,500 and the car be usable again.
Is this true?

Friday, March 19th, 2010 AT 11:51 AM

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  • bluelightnin6
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Yes, the engine can still be salvaged (rebuilt) if the timing belt breaks. They would just have to replace the valves and possible pistons along with a few other parts. For $1,500 though, your vehicle only books for around $2,000, so its your choice on paying out the repair bill or just selling it for what you can and buying a different vehicle.

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Friday, March 19th, 2010 AT 12:08 PM

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