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Re: Service: Timing belt, water pump, other belts
> Just spoke with my mechanic on Friday about doing the timing belt, etc. on my
> '87 5KCSTQ. He quoted about $230. Here's part of the breakdown:
> belt: "Continental OEM" ~$15
> pump: "GRAF" ~$45
> labor: 3 hours @ $30/hr
> Just wanted to check the wisdom of the list on the belt and pump as far as
> brand names and quality.
> Is Continental the OEM mfr of the belt? Is there another brand which is
> What about the pump? He had one on hand that I looked at. It was a new part
> and apparently mfr'd in Germany based on the markings, etc. and instructions
> in German & English.
> Are there any other parts to be concerned about? The "tensioner" IS the
> water pump, right?
> Any help or suggestions are most appreciated. :-)>
> Ed Kellock
> Lansing, IA
> 87 5KCSTQ
> 87 CGT
Well, the last time my guy did it, that's about what it cost. I bought
the belt and pump, however, not him. He grumbled about the fact that I
brought him a Goodyear belt and a TRW pump, though, scowling at me like I
was a heel who'd just bought cheap perfume for his girlfriend and
muttering something in Gerglish (German-accented English) about how they
were inferior to the Europarts. So far so good after 10,000 or so miles.
The tensioner is not the pump. It is a separate pulley with an eccentric
nut on it that is turned to set the final belt tension after all of the
slack has been taken out of the other regions of the belt. Usually it is
pretty durable from what I understand. My mechanic (crusty, but a
straight-shooter) inspected mine at disassembly and said it was in good
shape. I can't imagine replacing it unless it is binding, has too much
free play, or is making noise. Three hours is a little long for my car
('84 4KQ) but is probably pretty close for a 5KCSTQ. It's not a
technically difficult job, but I got lazy and wanted someone else to work
on my car for a change.