1998 Mercury Tracer Timing belt repair gone bad

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 137,000 MILES
Hello. I have a 98 mercury tracer with a 2.0 spi engine. Recently my car had broke down. It just lost power, the lights worked and everything. Needless to say it was the timing belt. Well the mechanics that did the work replaced the timing belt but they messed my car up big time. They broke the plastic housing on the top right and on the bottom left. Aside from that the car is now making a constant rattling noise and when I accelerate it goes to 4grand and shifts over about 15 mph. Which doesn't feel right, it takes a whole city block for it to accelerate up to 25mph. Do you guys have any ideas on what I could do to make the noise go away and make the car run normal? And is it possible that the tensioner or some other component that makes the timing belt work be the source of it?
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Friday, September 11th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM

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My 98 Tracer had its belt done last year and at the time I also had the tensioner replaced as I've read they should be done at the same time. I had a number of issues with my car most of which seem to have been fixed with the new belt. If I were you I'd take your car to another place, trusted or even a big brand place that does not have sales people that work off commission. Shop around and get some quotes for repairs or to diagnose the issue properly. It may be money well spent to find out exactly what's wrong with your car from another shop/mechanic just to double check then shop around for prices to get it fixed.

Good luck!
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Friday, October 2nd, 2009 AT 10:04 PM

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