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Re: Timing belt
-snip- so much deleted it probably won't make sense anymore-
>Touche ... but don't pawn shops exist everywhere?
Maybe so. But I think they're stocked depending upon local interests.
Automobile maintenance, modification, etc. seems to be a much bigger
thing in the U.S. than anywhere else. Just look at the number of chains
(in the U.S.) geared especially towards those customers (Pep Boys, Parts
USA, etc.). Here, in Canada, we don't have anything like that. We have
Canadian Tire, which is more of a bonafide hardware store (they sell
anything from dish detergent to shotguns) that's scrambling since Home
Depot invaded two years ago. UAP/NAPA is still geared towards the service
pro (garages and that). Then there's the auto wreckers...
Also, keep in mind that outside of North America automobile ownership is
not as affordable or necessarily as desirable.
>I see your point but since the going rate for a timing belt R&R around here
>is $300 plus parts (I assume it's about the same elsewhere), you will still
So many small garages and who really wants to check 'em out anyway...
That's a pretty steep labor charge!
>come out ahead even after buying the tools. Not to mention the possibility
>that your car may actually run better as well...
My 4k runs much better with the new belt. Very smooth now; loves to rev.
>Back in '89, when I was racing my 4k in a stock class where it wasn't legal
>to install an adjustable cam gear, I went through a box full of them that I
>borrowed from a local salvage yard in order to find one that best suited my
>needs. I was amazed by how many of the dots were NOT located at TDC when I
>measured them on my engine ... from what I've seen since, this is still the
>case today. Yes, I personally am very picky about this sort of thing but I
>assume this is also true of most Q-heads, especially those who do their own
Perhaps they put those dots on after the engine has been assembled... or
so it would seem. As for the picky thing...I can relate to that. I
usually work on the 4k in spurts of two days in a row or something like
that, because I MUST take care of other things as well! I just don't want
to become obsessed. Just can't understand those people who just jump in
their cars and drive off, not noticing new rattles, whines, wobbles, etc.
What are they doing? Dreaming when they drive???????
>I didn't intend for this to turn into a bladder-emptying contest (although,
>that said, I'm pretty sure mine IS larger than yours!) ;^)
Well... Then so be it!
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