2003 Mercury Mountaineer Q&A

2003 Mercury Mountaineer Question: How much can I expect to pay for replacing timing belt on 2003 Mountaineer?

I was told that my timing belt needs to be replaced. My vehicle does not run at all and I need it my vehicle for work. I would have to have it towed from Cibolo. -
Answer 1
did your vehicle quit on the road? are you sure its the timing belt? if it is the belt and its an interferance engine you might have some bent valves -
Comment 1
Yes it quit on the road. I was told it was the timing belt. Engine is a V6 4 cyl -
Answer 2
Can't be a timing BELT problem! Is it the V/6 or V/8? Need to know for more accurate info!! There's a couple of things YOU may be able to check. -
Comment 1
It is the V/6. -
Comment 2
These engines are famous for the crank balancer's outter ring slipping back toward the engine and cutting into the crankshaft sensor, killing the ignition fire and of course the engine! This is 'most' likely your problem!!!!!!! This is also hard to see because everything looks normal!! Mechanic needed for this. It does NOT have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. (Also possible is the fuel pump cutoff switch may have tripped, look in owners manual for this info.) When the problem is confirmed, post results for others to benefit. -
Comment 3
Thank you very much for this information. I thought the proper term was timing belt thanks for the knowledge. I will post when the problem has been confirmed and the results for others to benefit. -
Comment 4
Thanks. 99.9% sure on that crank balancer deal being your trouble. -
Comment 5
Do you know how much that repair might cost if it is not the timing chain? Not looking for an exact quote just a rough idea on out of pocket expense. -
Comment 6
Well it's hard to say! You will need these parts: Harmonic balancer, crankshaft position sensor and the accessory drive belt. Can't give any prices but you can call around and get prices, at least on parts. Actual clock time is about 2.5 hrs. to do the work. -
Comment 7
Thanks that helps. I will post the results when available. -