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?
have the same problem?
Friday, March 19th, 2010 AT 11:51 AM
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.