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Volvo S60 2.4T: I have a 2003 Volvo S60 2.4T. I was under the

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I have a 2003 Volvo S60 2.4T. I was under the impression that the starter when bad. Turns out it is the timing belt that broke. It has not been repair yet but I was wondering how bad this can be. While the car was idleing on a red light, the engine died, tried to restart and a weird noise from starter. But I was told it is the timing belt. How bad is this??

Wayne Crawford :

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Wayne Crawford :

Considering you were idling there is a VERY slight chance that valves were not bent but I wouldnt count on it.

Wayne Crawford :

Most likely you will be looking at bent valves and a fairly expensive repair.

Customer:

Hi.. I was wondering how familiar are you with the Volvo S60 2.4T timing belt damaged after it broke??

Wayne Crawford :

I am pretty familiar with them.

Wayne Crawford :

They are an interference engine and when the timing belt breaks with the engine running generally the valves will be bent.

Wayne Crawford :

I have seen several of them where the timing belt broke and never seen one that the valves were not bent.

Customer:

Costly repair??

Customer:

How can I tell if valves bent?

Wayne Crawford :

Yes. Generally close to 2000 or so./

Wayne Crawford :

Well theres two ways.

Customer:

Any particular sound on engine after the timing belt is installed?

Wayne Crawford :

The way I do it is to just slap a belt on it and run a compression test.

Wayne Crawford :

Or you can roll over the engine to where the valves are closed and run a leakdown test on each cylinder.

Wayne Crawford :

If it runs at all it would sound like crap.

Customer:

what is the average PSI per cylinder ?

Customer:

I guess I will find out after the belt gets installed..

Wayne Crawford :

Generally over 130 or so.

Wayne Crawford :

Youre more watching for a difference between the highest and lowest cylinder of no more than 10 percent.

Wayne Crawford :

If you got bent valves one will have zero compression.

Customer:

the died when I was on a red traffic light.. Would that make a difference on the dammage?

Wayne Crawford :

Yes.. that gives you a SLIGHT chance of no bent valves.

Customer:

car died on a red light

Wayne Crawford :

But I wouldnt count on it. Its a very slight chance.

Customer:

:(

Wayne Crawford :

You dont have to put it all back together to test compression. Just get the belt on enough that you can turn the engine.

Wayne Crawford :

No point in putting everything back together if the valves are bent.

Customer:

to do a whole valve repair job, the whole head has to be removed?

Wayne Crawford :

Yes

Customer:

valve repair job means new head gasket as well?

Wayne Crawford :

Yes. New head gasket, valves, timing belt and components, water pump.

Wayne Crawford :

While they have the head off they will also resurface it,

Customer:

:( OK.. I'm hoping for not much damage after the belt gets installed.

Customer:

Thank you for your help

Wayne Crawford :

Thats about all you can do unfortunately.

Customer:

new water pump was installed about a month ago with a new timing belt

Wayne Crawford :

Hope and pray for the best. You may luck out. Your circumstances with being at an idle leave you at the best odds.

Wayne Crawford :

Oh, okay. Well then this sounds like warranty work.

Wayne Crawford :

So thats good news kind of.

Customer:

warranty by who?

Wayne Crawford :

By the shop that did the timing belt if one did.

Wayne Crawford :

Unless you are the shop.

Customer:

some oil was spilled on to the belt few weeks before it broke...

Wayne Crawford :

If you are the shop file a labor claim with your parts supplier so you arent eating the cost.

Customer:

I think that caused it

Wayne Crawford :

Thats possible.

Wayne Crawford :

It should have been cleaned off.

Customer:

WHat are the must change things on the valve job??

Wayne Crawford :

The head gasket and bolts and resurface the head.

Wayne Crawford :

Plus the timing belt.. obviously.

Customer:

I see... main cost is the labor.. I guess

Customer:

how many hours labor this repair is rated at?

Wayne Crawford :

Yeah mostly. Between machine shop and parts you may have 400 in actual cost.

Wayne Crawford :

The rest is labor.

Customer:

about how many hours labor?

Wayne Crawford :

18 hours or so.

Wayne Crawford :

Someone experienced with them can get it done in under 15.

Customer:

ok... Thank you..you were a good help

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