Good suggestions and worth looking into.
If I were to show you the list I gave my students of all the taxes, insurances, government regulations, and other expenses repair shops have to cover, you would wonder how they can pay all their bills by only charging around $100.00 per hour labor. Still, the amount you were quoted sounds high. To add to the confusion, if you listed the correct engine size, it uses a timing chain, not a belt, and the tensioner has a toothed ratcheting device that extends when adjustment is necessary, and latches there. It doesn't develop its pressure from pressurized engine oil like some do. Those are the ones that typically cause problems.
Because anything related to a timing chain or belt is a very involved repair, no mechanic is going to replace just one part. He is going to install a kit that has all the parts normally replaced during this service. That kit could cost around $300.00 to $500.00. I don't know how many hours the job is supposed to take or whether this repair on a hybrid takes longer than with other cars. The more I think about it, getting a second opinion seems like a good idea, especially in light of Saturntech9's comments.
Thursday, September 8th, 2016 AT 10:58 PM