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 PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:41 pm   
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Hi All,
I have a 2000 Sebring Conv. JX, it has 150k on it.
Yea I know its passed time to have the timing belt replaced, that is the reason for the post.
My mechanic says that while he replaces the timing belt, the water pump is in the same area so it might be good to replace that while its torn down.
My questions are...
1. Is that true about the water pump?
2. While the engine is open, are there any other items that need to be replaced like gaskets?
3. Are there associated parts with the timing belt that might need replacement?
4. What can I expect milage wise to get out of this engine? Should I think about a rebuilt engine instead?
Thanks as always!

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Even if you had the engine rebuilt you'd want to do the timing belt and water pump. Yes, this is one case where the mechanic isn't trying to take you for all you're worth. The water pump is really not that expensive (in the grand scheme of things) and is RIGHT THERE when you're doing the belt so its worth it to replace, especially at 150k. It cost me $807 for the timing belt and water pump. Also get the tensioner replaced too, as those have a tendency to fail causing the belt to fail causing the engine to fry. Worth every penny.

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Do the water pump as well.

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They have to tear down all the way to the water pump anyway so you might as well do it too because if it went bad later it would cost you alot in labor. Also have him put in the whole timing belt kit not just the belt. This kit has the tensioner and idler pulley too.

The engine can easily last 50-100,000 more miles with good maintenance. Most people get tired of their cars before they break. Your tranny is likely to go before the motor.

Run good Synthetic Oil and filters, change the other fluids in reasonable intervals and she can last a long time.

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Consider having the camshaft seals replaced while you're in there.

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toplscuda wrote:

:yeahthat: (At 109k miles) I just replaced my water pump, tensioner, and belts. Also repaired 2 leaking freeze
plugs while there. Do it all while you get it done, you never want to have to do it again.

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