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The valves should be ok
that's what I thought. So it is a non-interference motor? The mechanic where it is keeps insisting that the valves are damaged, but has only replaced the belt and the pulleys (which were completely worn) ..
Could have the belt on wrong it is a very complicated procedure to alighn the belt with special tools
If the special tools are not used the alignment will be off
Yep, I've read through the proc. myself, that's why I didnt want to attempt it.
so, it wouldn't start if it wa a bit off, correct?
I hate to have to tow it to another shop, but that looks like what I may have to do. Any good Ford mechs. in San Jose, CA
If it is not aligned correctly with the correct tools it will not start
Sorry do not know calif I live in seattle
I have done the same thing for countless small shops
They will bring it to me and the belt is off
Are there any other possiblilities ... or is this really easy to get wrong?
Without the right tools I can guarantee you the belt is off
You know what .... Ford said the same thing about the alignment tool, but the mechanic still insisted it was correct. I guess I'll have to tow it to another shop .... what a shame ....
yes to bad should have checked with the shop first to make sure they knew hoe to do the job
In the long run the dealer would have been a better choice
they did ... he argues with me every time i talk to him, i just want to get my car out of there.
dealer is $$$$ no?
yes they are a little more expensive but thsy know what they are doing
all that factory training and special tools they have to buy
that is the reason they have to charge more
When you do this type of job, do you simply charge for setting it up correctly? How much is it usually?
They charged me $350 for parts (belt and 2 pulleys) and labor.
seems reasonable (if it actually fixes the car)
That is pretty cheap I would say cost around 200 dollars to set up correctly at the dealer
we would charge around 500 for everything
maybe he felt bad.... =)
going to pick it up this afternoon. hope to find someone who will be a fair deal .... thanks for your advice ... Accepted.
your welcome and good luck