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

by in Cibolo, TX on September 01, 2013
2 answers 9 comments
ANSWER by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
Yes it quit on the road. I was told it was the timing belt. Engine is a V6 4 cyl
ANSWER by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
It is the V/6.
COMMENT by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
Thanks. 99.9% sure on that crank balancer deal being your trouble.
COMMENT by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
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 by on September 02, 2013
Thanks that helps. I will post the results when available.
COMMENT by on September 02, 2013
Cool.