2000 Volkswagen Jetta timing belt

Tiny
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  • 2000 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 116,000 MILES
The timing belt on my 2000 jetta went and bent a piston, still runs on 3 cyl. Any advice on whether or not it warrants fixing and if so, what I could expect to pay for repair. My mechanic says it has to be sent to a machine shop? Thanks for any input on this.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 8:28 AM

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Tiny
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Think you bent a valve. Head needs to be removed sent to machine shop for repair. Est.@ $600-$700
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
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Valve/piston, it's all greek to me. Thanks for the response and if I could find a mechanic that would do it for that, I would be very happy. But all my quotes are much higher.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 4:37 PM
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A piston would be @$2000+ but you have a bent valve that is a cheaper fix. Make sure est. Is for cylinder head R&R and valve repair.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 4:54 PM
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I'll check to see if it's a valve or piston. Something about "closing shut on it" when the belt failed. I can't quite remember exactly what he said. But he does mention opening it up and taking it to a machine shop. It's running right now but the 4th cylinder is functioning. Does that make any sense? Thanks again!
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 4:58 PM
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Yes a bent valve will still alow engine to run with slight miss and down on power. When belt brakes the valves stop moving the pistons keep moving striking the valve bending.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 5:21 PM
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That sounds about right. They did replace the belt and said it still runs, not perfectly, but ok. He wouldn't recommend any long road trips until I have it fixed or choose to get rid of it. If I can get it repaired for under $1200-$1500, I think I'll go for it and, hopefully, get another year or so out of the car. Thanks for all your feedback.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 5:27 PM
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 6:27 PM

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