I went reading this related article: http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2136702/timing-belt-dealer-or-independent-mechanic/p2
My 2006 Suzuki Forenza has just under 60k miles to it, but is about 7.5 years old now, over the warranty period. According to Suzuki maintenance guide, the timing belt should be replace now or soon (it should be replaced at 60k or 6 or 7 years forget). The article above mentioned $600-800 but which included pulleys, water pump. They weren’t mentioned in Suzuki manual & at 60k I’d assume those don’t need replacing yet, so just the belt? In which case, what would be the average cost of that including labor, at dealer or repair shop?
Then I wonder whether I should get the work done at a Suzuki dealer or some local repair shop since Suzuki is not so common a brand. He’s a video of someone showing how to dismantle and/or replace the Suzuki timing belt:
that something I can trust a local repair shop to do? I’m a novice to cars, that seems a bit complicated with all the removal steps. Also, the belt at least from the top seems shielded/hidden by a plastic cover plate. Will that cover plate help prevent engine/valve damage should the belt break?