My 2001 Daewoo Nubira SE has broken down. A mechanic friend in California believes after my description of the problem that it's a broken timing belt. Does anyone know how to work on these? I've spent far too much on it to keep it running and can't afford another trip to the repair shop. I can afford the parts and some for labor, as long as it's not too unreasonable. I would be willing to wait until after Cat Days for the work as I get paid then and can order the parts myself if someone is able to look it over and verify what needs replacing. If anyone can help with this, please contact me through here. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer this troubled wolf.
On a quick google skim the best description of the process is:
As long as you can get the belt it may not be too hard (looks painful compared to what I've done in the past).
However, I also was doing a google search because certain engines "fail open." Meaning that the timing belt controls the valves along with the pistons. So if the belt breaks the pistons continue forward, the valves don't close, and the valves get crushed.
And everything I'm seeing is stating there is a 90% chance of this with your model of car (It was about a 60% on the Nissan Sentra I used in high school).
Not sure if you can get the parts locally, but online there is:
Wish I could help further, but at this point I'd be deferring to my mom's husband who does trucking for a living.
A suggestion for a place to find the parts for your car so you don't have to keep looking at dealership prices is a nice little website called " Rockauto.com " that i had been using to get parts for my 92 S-10 Blazer, like the correct rear axle shafts (Replaced both of them at the same time) and 2day shipping for what the local garage wanted to charge me just for one ($300)
Rockauto is an online warehouse of parts, you can get virtually anything from there, we can even get parts for Shadow's 71 Super Beetle from them and the prices are pretty good.
As for what is wrong with your car, I don't have enough info to go on to field a guess but if it did turn into and "Automatic Valve Crusher" then it might just be done, feel free to get in touch with me with any info on the problem I can try to see what I think it is and if I agree with your mechanic friend or if i think it would be something else. :)
Well, the car has given me problems from the day I bought it. In just the last month, the back brakes went out, IMMEDIATELY followed by the wheel that turns the belts for the power steering pump and alternator, then 2 new tires, then the front brakes and lower control arms, then the tie rods and wheel allignment to fix that when the prior place badly screwed up my allingnment working on the front brakes and control arms. This breakdown happened only about a week after I got it back the last time. The car has almost literally been disintegrating on me, so I don't think it's worth fixing at this point, despite the $1700 all of this has cost me within a month's time.
So coworkers with experience in car repair tell me that Honda Accords from the 90s are solid running cars that are cheap to repair, as are Ford Escort ZX2s. I think it's time to go for a different car and junk the Daewoo, but I'm not sure what do do. Should I buy from a dealership and be nearly broke for the next year or so as I make payments as well as payments on my 401K (which I borrowed from to pay of the Daewoo), or buy a cheap one on Craigslist that I'll own outright?
Any helpful advice appreciated.
I would say shop around a bit and see what best fits your price range and what you need, I have bought second hand cars since i started driving, most have been good runners with few problems, but it does help to know what to look for with vehicles too as for what might be wrong with them or need attention very soon.
If you don't mind doing a little self repair buy another used vehicle, if you can afford it, buy a new one or a Used one with an extended warranty like i did with my trailblazer.
Personally I would buy something like a truck as you normally have room in the engine to do some of your own repairs and maintenance like Plugs, Wires, Cap and Rotor (Depending on year of vehicle) Cars, especially like Honda and many ford tend to have very cramped engine compartments that virtually allow you to do nothing with them on your own, even changing the oil can be a hassle.
Just personal experience of having owned 4 prior vehicles to this one, only 2 of them I didn't sell, one was totaled in a 4 car crash and the other, my first one the engine wasn't taken care of before I got it and it gave out.
well, the Daewoo is history. I could've gotten it fixed, but that would have been very expensive and the car wasn't worth it. Bought a '92 Honda Accord Runner with full records of all repairs running back to the original owner I boutright for $1300so I have wheels again for work and shopping. Not too sure about it making the trip to furmeets often as it's rather old, but I'll take it to a mechanic this weekend to have it looked over better. Runs well (as far as I can tell) and the muffler makes way less noise than the daewoo
It does have some rust around the edges and on the back of the turnk. That and some dings from parking lots, but is in pretty good shape for a car that's 20 yrs old.
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