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Old 10-04-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default L300 Timing Belt, spark plugs etc.

I have a 2002 L300 (3.0L V6). It has done about 98000 miles and is due for a new timing belt, spark plugs and when we do all that we might realize it needs a new water pump and a couple other stuff. The Saturn dealership (which has now transformed into a Kia dealership) gave me a hefty estimate. Besides, I am not sure they will be able to do the job perfectly as they probably don't get Saturns on a routine basis any more. While I do some small stuff on my own (changing a sensor here and there or a starter motor replacement kind of thing) this seems to be quite intimidating to me especially as I have to take off the engine mounts. I am looking for some one who would like to do this for me on the cheap and hopefully do it better then what might be done at the dealership. I live in the south LA area and would appreciate if anyone who is interested volunteers. You can send me a private message with your phone number and I will get in touch with you. Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: L300 Timing Belt, spark plugs etc.

I would try approaching the Saab specialist shops in the LA area. I use a Saab specialist for both my L-Series and Saab 9-5 cars in Toronto. It is a bonus that it is a short walk from my office. The Saab uses the same engine as your car, and many of the suspension parts are identical. They both use the "Tech 2" device for the computer systems diagnosis, although I think they may need different software modules. You could try calling around and see if they are interested in the work.

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Old 10-04-2014, 10:07 PM   #3
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Thanks 'Born Again'. I'll try looking up some saab shops near where I live. There are a lot of auto shops in my area but some of them quote prices even higher than the dealer. Then there are others that open and close within weeks so one has to be careful.

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Old 10-04-2014, 11:59 PM   #4
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I have a 2002 L300 (3.0L V6). It has done about 98000 miles and is due for a new timing belt, spark plugs and when we do all that we might realize it needs a new water pump and a couple other stuff. The Saturn dealership (which has now transformed into a Kia dealership) gave me a hefty estimate. Besides, I am not sure they will be able to do the job perfectly as they probably don't get Saturns on a routine basis any more. While I do some small stuff on my own (changing a sensor here and there or a starter motor replacement kind of thing) this seems to be quite intimidating to me especially as I have to take off the engine mounts. I am looking for some one who would like to do this for me on the cheap and hopefully do it better then what might be done at the dealership. I live in the south LA area and would appreciate if anyone who is interested volunteers. You can send me a private message with your phone number and I will get in touch with you. Thanks in advance.
Born again's recommendation for a Saab specialist is probably the best choice in general. I live in Northeast L A County and I know that there are shops in my area that have never seen an L Series car come in for maintenance or repairs although I see several of them nearby in my home town.

As for "we might realize it needs a new water pump," that should be changed to we definitely realize it needs a new water pump. It's uncovered once you're replacing the timing belt. If you choose not to replace it and it fails sometime after the new timing belt is installed, much of the labor charge you've paid for once to perform the timing belt replacement is then paid a second time merely for the water pump. You're replacing the water pump with the timing belt all at once as a matter of "insurance" against its failure later and avoiding that second labor charge.

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Old 10-05-2014, 07:05 AM   #5
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Born again's recommendation for a Saab specialist is probably the best choice in general. I live in Northeast L A County and I know that there are shops in my area that have never seen an L Series car come in for maintenance or repairs although I see several of them nearby in my home town.
Well just have to see if there is anyone else that lives there can tell the OP where there is a trusted mech that can do the job reliably for them.

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As for "we might realize it needs a new water pump," that should be changed to we definitely realize it needs a new water pump. It's uncovered once you're replacing the timing belt. If you choose not to replace it and it fails sometime after the new timing belt is installed, much of the labor charge you've paid for once to perform the timing belt replacement is then paid a second time merely for the water pump. You're replacing the water pump with the timing belt all at once as a matter of "insurance" against its failure later and avoiding that second labor charge.
This isn't a "Realize" but always do this when you change your timing belt as the cost to do the timing belt will be close to what it will cost again if your water pump fails. This first time insurance to do both will save the labor and towing the second time around. I should know I learned the hard way if I would've known replacing the water pump would've saved me $$$ to start with and the mech didn't mention it though he thought about it. Good Mech would give their best advise when they look at the vehicle and says where this is located when I do my job I would consider doing it all at once otherwise you will be coming back and costing more to do something that could've be taken care of the first time around and costing you alot less $$$.

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Thanks Russet and Pierrot. I shall take the water pump advice to heart. And this just makes the search for an authentic person that much more acute. Earlier I have always ended up either swallowing my pride and paying top dollar to the dealer or ventured to do the job myself. This one just seems beyond my league. I need special tools and a lot of time. I have neither. But I also don't have money to throw, so I'm hoping someone from around here gets in touch with me. Hope springs eternal, you know!

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Thanks Russet and Pierrot. I shall take the water pump advice to heart. And this just makes the search for an authentic person that much more acute. Earlier I have always ended up either swallowing my pride and paying top dollar to the dealer or ventured to do the job myself. This one just seems beyond my league. I need special tools and a lot of time. I have neither. But I also don't have money to throw, so I'm hoping someone from around here gets in touch with me. Hope springs eternal, you know!
There's no shame in examining a repair and deciding that you're better off having someone else do the work. That's a wise choice in my view. Yes, this is a costly job, but whoever does the repair will also warranty the work if there's a problem. If you do it and something turns out wrongly then you'll also spend the extra hours sorting out what the new problem might be. We had a member do this job recently and had a major struggle with pulley alignment causing the new belts to glide off track and be damaged in short order. He was able to correct it, but he spent many, many extra hours in doing so.

The general "rule" for finding a good repair shop is to look for one that stays busy. This tells you that they have a steady clientele. Further, it suggests that they're straight forward with their customers and are likely to be trustworthy because people don't return to dishonest repair shops. Ask friends where they get their repair work done. "Word of mouth" advertising is like gold to a repair shop as it adds to their positive reputation.

AAA (Automobile Club) has a network of affiliated independent repair shops all around SoCal. If you're a member and you have work done by an AAA affiliated shop then your repair warranty is automatically two years or 24K miles. A non-member will get a one year or 12K mile warranty. Even if you're not a member, you'll find that these businesses tend to be more professionally managed than most repair shops. AAA keeps very close tabs on their affiliates. If they receive too many complaints, or if the shops aren't meeting their requirements/standards then they lose their affiliation with AAA as well as AAA member customers. So for those businesses which are with AAA they work hard to maintain higher standards and quality in general. If you have any questions feel free to send a PM.

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