I have a non-turbo, 2.0 additional info.
Sometimes when i'm at a red-light my car bounces. Like a hotrod would. It's pretty cool, but I know it's not right. Hehee. Sometimes it wants to jump, (like, into the car in front of me) and sometimes it seems like it's going to just stop (breakdown). I'm assuming it's the timing belt? I have a friend of a friend who can "change the belt" for $250. I have a friend who can do it for $500/600. He says I need the kit and will need to be adjusted. The $250 dude didnt' mention anything about a 'kit' or adjusting the belt. He ($250 guy) once changed some other belt and it snapped, so he put a new belt on. Then that squeaked everytime I turned the wheels. 6 months later I discovered that belt needed to be adjusted. Those belts he changed when he was installing a new water pump.
Second question: Since then, after driving 6-10+ miles with the air-conditioner on. My steering becomes rickety. Like a grinding noise around the front wheels. No squeaking. It sounds like my front axle is going to break. Now, I also do NOT have any boots on my Tie Rods. How important is it to have those on? And could that be the cause. I'm thinking air-conditioner compressor.
I love my car. And I'm proud of my car. And I plan on keeping it forever, even if I have to get an engine overhaul. Which I will someday eventually. When I win the lotto. I'm torn because the $500/600 guy will break me and of course the $250 guy will leave me some left-over money. But, i'm leaning to the $500/600 guy because I want the job to be done right.
Thank you for your time,
Susan Moreno. Picture attached
have the same problem?
Saturday, September 11th, 2010 AT 10:28 PM