[A4] Midlife crisis has struck

Richard Hurt rnhurt at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 04:54:33 EDT 2005


I think you can DIY a timing belt and there are several pages of instruction
on the net and a couple of different kits with all the required parts. That
said, my 98 is in the shop right now for a new timing belt and camshaft
seals. I would have done it myself (along with my mechanic father) but those
seals can be tricky and I didn't want to spend the next 3 days up to my
elbows in engine guts.

Hmmm... I guess I'm getting older and have more money than time to devote to
these things. <sigh>


BTW: The <estimated> bill is going to run about $1,200US. But that is
cheaper than fixing the valves when they kiss the pistons. $21 for each
intake valve (18 count) and $71 for each exhaust valve (12 count) = WOW!!!

On 9/28/05, Ken N <image66 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > A friend of mine had almost all 30 valves bent...
> I guess there are advantages to having fewer mouths (valves) to
> feed.
> Can timing belt replacement be a DIY project or is it a "pay
> youz money to the local henchmen" type of thing?
> I do know the difference between a flathead and a ballpeen.
> Ken
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