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Old 04-19-2011, 10:09 PM
MinniePearlsOwner MinniePearlsOwner is offline
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Default belt tensioner and timing belt chain

I bought my Ranger six months ago for $1k, 92 4 cylinder, standard transmission. I did not expect it to be in mint condition, I figured I would have to put some work into it. I am not mechanically inclined, nor would I ever pretend to be. I took Minnie Pearl (yes, I'm a female so I named her) in for an oil change and serpentine belt change (belt was cracked and split). However, they told me the belt tensioner was shot (it was sticking as they changed out the belt) and I needed to swap out the timing belt. I do have a new timing belt because the previous owner told me it would need a new one. Long story short, I am very very distrustful of mechanics in my area after I had a mechanic quote me $500 to replace a gear shift knob in a Nissan Sentra I had. I knew the guy was lying hardcore, even I knew that couldn't be right. Turned out it cost $8 to replace it and the guy who did replace it didn't even charge labor to me. I was quoted $269 to replace the timing belt (even with me already having the part) and $150 to replace the belt tensioner for parts and labor. I know replacing a timing belt chain is complicated but 269.00 worth? I scoped prices for a belt tensioner and I have seen them range between 50 to 70 dollars. Am I being given fair quotes on these repairs? Please help! Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:37 PM
Gumcrew2 Gumcrew2 is offline
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Default Re: belt tensioner and timing belt chain

That's not a horrible price.

Timing belts on these aren't bad, I'd expect 3-4hr labor, and add an hr of labor for the tensioner (which there already playing with doing it)

So if there labor rate is $60/hr thats ~$200-$225

Make sure they will still warranty it if they use Your parts, some shops won't warranty that.
The belt is the cheapest part in this one, timing belts are labor intensive.

Belt tensioner being $150, is about right for full retail, part is ~$60 and 1hr of labor
'83 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4Spd, Dual Tanks, 195/60R15's, Welded Rear End TOTALLED AT 483,211 MILES
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:19 PM
zekew64 zekew64 is offline
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Default Re: belt tensioner and timing belt chain

My girl has a 1999 chevy cavalier...timing chain went out; long story short, $850 to replace timing chain, gasket, and cover.

So $269 is definitely not a bad price at all.
Billie, my "sparkly" blue 1992 Ranger
SPECS: 2.3 I4; Rebuilt motor at 194,263 miles; straightened driveshaft when engine was rebuilt

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