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I attempted to do the timing belt myself and realized its more complicated than I anticipated. I already bought the Gates timing belt kit. I see local auto repair shops advertising timing belt jobs for as low as $89 with parts. I rather them used the Gates kit I bought because they probably used cheap parts at their shop.

Do you guys see this as a viable option? Should there be anything I should be wary of ?

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Dee,
Many, if not most, shops refuse to use owner provided part because of the concern of liability. What I really don't get is the $89 timing belt replacement?!?!? You can't tune-up a lawn mower in SoCal for that. Seriously. You are looking at a $700+ tab.
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Dee,
Many, if not most, shops refuse to use owner provided part because of the concern of liability. What I really don't get is the $89 timing belt replacement?!?!? You can't tune-up a lawn mower in SoCal for that. Seriously. You are looking at a $700+ tab.
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I have heard of shops refusing to use customer purchased parts. And it's possible there are hidden charges that I am not aware of it. But I see at least 3 ads in my local penny savers for timing belt jobs from $89 to $119 and this is with parts included.

I will give them a call tomorrow to inquiry further.
 

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I don't get OP. Somebody who is as competent as being able to contemplate and start changing timing belt is asking question as if he has never opened the hood of a vehicle. It does not compute.

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I had my belt changed this year by mechanic who I know and trust and always gives me
a break and the charge was 750. He replaced belt, tensioner, bushings and water pump.
Parts alone were around 250.
 
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