I'm a dope. I was aware of how horrible a timing belt snap can be in this car and was planning to have it replaced. I have a 2004 with about 65,000 miles. Friday, my wife called and said the car died. We had it towed to the shop and today they say the pulley broke, so they were going to replace the pulley, belt, and water pump for $550.
My problem is that they say they can't tell if any valves are bent until after they do this repair and start it. Does anyone ever get lucky and not destroy their engine when this happens? I'm thinking I should have told them to act as if the valves were bent and save the $550 if I'm going to be paying big money tomorrow anyway.