timing belt snapped on dodge magnum while driving


Asked by Mar 26, 2016 at 05:27 PM about the 2007 Dodge Magnum SXT AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi the other day as I'm sitting at a light about to
turn right, &my car wouldn't let me accelerate then
had no power stearing because my car had died.
Made no sounds, not leaking anything, not
smoking.  So I coasted into the nearest business
and tried restarting it. It wouldn't start. Just making
the sound as if what out of gas (Wich it wasn't btw)
I then had it towed to a place that said they did a
compression test and said I had no compression.
In 4 out of 6 cylinders. And said I needed a new
engine and quoted me 5500. I towed it out to a
different shop that triple A recommended. They
called me immediately saying my timing belt was
broken. (Wich didn't make sense to me on why the
previous shop ran a compression test when my
belt was broken lol) the 2nd shop advised me to do
a leak down test to see if there is any eternal
damage.. right now I'm waiting on those results..
but my main question is this: if I was to fix the
timing belt and put in new valves? ( if they were
destroyed) do you guys think that would be easier
than spending a shit ton on a used engine? Can't
that damage be fixed? This is my first car so I'm
still learning and not so engine savvy lol


1 Answer

Tom Demyan

The broken timing belt and valves can be fixed. Glad you got it out of the first garage. The second garage sounds like they know what they are doing and doing proper tests. Get an estimate to repair your current one, then a price on a used engine and installation. With the used engine you have no guarantee or know the history of it.

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