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I have a Volvo S40 2006. The timing belt broke and I was

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I have a Volvo S40 2006. The timing belt broke and I was told I need a new engine. I am strapped for $. Is this the only fix? it has 90,000 miles plus
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  Andy replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I am a Volvo dealer technician. I am going to help with your question today. Unfortunately, because that engine is an interference fit engine, major damage occurs when the timing belt breaks. In most cases, the valves are bent and you can just replace the cylinder head. If the car was not inspected for piston damage, then you may just need a new head. You can get a used head, complete with valves, for much less than a new one. However, the job is not a cheap one because there is a lot of labor involved. A new head is about $2500, plus various other gaskets and seals and a new timing belt. Labor is about 18 hours, so that gets costly right there. Another option would be a used engine, but again, labor is extensive.

Expert:  Andy replied 1 year ago.

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