I tried to search for answers to the above question and did not find anything specific, forgive me if its been discussed.
Anywho, I have a 2007 Aveo5, with 78K on the ticker, and no service history (just bought used at dealer). I see the some maintenance was performed as the T-stat housing is metal, not the plastic one that was prone to failure I read about. However, reading of the horror stories with the timing belt I decided to pop the top cover off and inspect, and low and behold the belt read "Gates T335" which (if I am not mistaken) is the original belt in the car. Not good. Also not good is that I can only do small repairs myself--as I live in a condo with no garage--and to be honest I have never done a timing belt job and am worried about getting the timing all out of whack (esp. when replacing the water pump as you have to remove the cam sprockets).
So here are my questions: Any Dallas people around here that can share experiences of getting this job done at local shops? The best one I've found so far is Bankston Chevy, who want 500 for the belt +pulleys, or 800 for that and the water pump. Stiff, I know, but my back is in a corner.
Q#2, I've looked through the manual and I am unclear on the exact interval the factory wants the waterpump replaced. Some shops have said to hold off till the 120K service, others weren't aware that the water pump had any connection to the timing belt What have ya'll done?
Note: If anyone has a large garage they want to donate for a service meetup you just let me know, special points if you've done this work before and want to show some aveo noobs how its done