To: elviss01@SBCGLOBAL.NETTommy Burton says. I just need to know for sure, my regular mechanic says that I need timing belt replace. I have a 1999 S-7-0 Volvo with 103500 miles he says at 105,000 it has the type engine that this must be done to keep pistons from bending, & wants to replace water pump & Universal belts because of cracks in it for a total Parts & labor$995.00. Does this sound right? thanks for any Help. Tommy Tommy Burton wanted to tell you about: Tommy Burton wanted to tell you about:
Timing belt on 1999 Volvo S70
by tooltall in Grand Prairie, TX on February 27, 2010
ANSWER by Bret Bodas , February 27, 2010
The shop is correct, you should replace the timing belt at or before 105,000 miles, correct. You have to replace the timing belt tensioner, and it's a good idea to replace the water pump, drive belt and timing belt idler pulley as well, just so you don't have to replace them later. The reason to replace them now is because the labor is free, except for the water pump, which should be about 1 hour extra max. The price is on the very high end though, this should be around 4 hours of labor ($400ish) and parts around $450-$500 in parts max. Ask for a break down, you should be paying the normal time for the timing belt plus an hour for the water pump. Make sure they aren't charging you full labor for the pump. If you were to shop around I bet you'll find it for less.