Is it worth it to replace the timing belt in a '98 Saturn?
I would think so You just have to make up your own mind. The cost varies at what part of the country you live in. Call a couple of local garages for estimates. Absolutely. If that's all that's wrong with your car it is defintely worth the expense. lot's cheaper than buying another car.
The timing belt for a V6, L series Saturn is behind the the serpentine belt, under the dust cover. To get to it you will need to remove the cover, as well as several components that will limit access to that area. It is recommended that you replace the water pump when you replace the timing belt. When/if the water pump leaks on the timing belt, it can cause early failure of the belt, which…
The Saturn VUE uses a Opel designed and manufactured GM V6 engine. This V6 engine is also used in the Cadillac Catera, Saab, and Saturn L vehicles. This engine does use a rubber timing belt and needs to be replaced every 100k. If the belt fails, you will suffer severe engine damage. The j42069 GM V6 timing belt tools are required to replace the belt on this engine and can be rented here: http://www.ledfix.com/timingbelttoolrental.html
The "L" series Saturns came in two varieties; the 4 cylinder (which used a timing chain), and the V6 which used a timing belt. To replace the timing belt on the V6 you must use the specially designed tool to lock the camshafts and crankshaft in place while you replace the belt. To replace the timing chain on the 4 cylinder, you must remove the front housing. It's easier to just remove the engine.
Early Saturn VUE's use a Opel designed V6 engine. This engine is also used in the Cadillac Catera, Saturn L series, and Saab vehicles. This engine does use a rubber timing belt that does have to be replaced every 90-100k miles. It should be noted this engine requires some very special tools to replace the timing belt. Pretty $$ tools. The tools can be rented here for 30 days: http://www.ledfix.com/timingbelttoolrental.html
At what mileage do you replace the timing belt on a 1999 Toyota Tacoma with a 27L 4 cylinder engine?
Unfortunately, if your LS (V6) water pump has failed and started leaking, you've also damaged the timing belt. The tool necessary to change the timing belt costs about $500. You'll be ahead if you just take the vehicle to your Saturn dealership and have them replace the belt and waterpump. Note! The owners manual warns that you should replace the timing belt at 100,000 miles, and it's a good idea to do the water pump…