Hi there! Hope everyone is doing great here…
I recently noticed a humming noise coming from the passenger side on my Mazda Protege 2000 ES . I suspected it was the water pump, so I took the car to my mechanic. He inspected the coolant reservoir and it was empty. He also checked the noise and the area were the pump is, and told me that the water pump had to be replaced. He gave me a quote for $797 with parts and labor included, saying that the timing belt, the tensioner, gasket and a bunch of other things had to be replaced at the same time.
My dad told me that his 1994 Sentra had the water pump replaced but none of these things had to be done and that it was unnecessary. But then I thought, every car is different. I am attaching the quote he gave me here so you guys can have a look.
I was in shock with how much the repair would cost, so he then gave me another quote with just the timing belt and water pump replacement for $503, but this time he said that he will not give me any warranty for the repairs because of the tensioner.
My question is… Is it really necessary to replace all these things? How much do you pay for these kind of repairs? I live in San Francisco, but since I am an international student and can’t afford to pay much, I go to East Bay in the hope for better prices.