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Today my 2003 Rio 70 000km started jolting when excelerating then the dash went crazy and all power stopped . I was able to pull over and shut car off but when I tried to start back up it would not turn over just sputter. Had to get towed to shop driver said it sounds like the alternator .
What do you guys think?
Any info would be greatly appriciated
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Did you ever have your timing belt changed?

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Rob, when you say the dash went nut's what do you mean what indications did you have lights flickering tach and speedo jumping? I figure the engine cranks but won't stay running, Right? Power stopped which? electrical or engine power. Hopefully your timming belt didn't jump some teeth if it did you got lucky get it fixed. Electrical issue sounds like an ecm problem. Maybe the alt went and the battery went low and it freaked out with all the sensors not getting the proper voltage. Engine probably would not crank with a low battery though feed us some more info and like JC Wit Says get that timming belt changed if you never had it done. Good luck with it. Reguards Ronjohn
 

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Thanks Guys for your replys
Just got back from picking up my 2003 Rio.
The verdict was the alternator died trying to charge the battery that was
also dead not taking the charge. $565 CDN
I also asked what a timing belt with install would cost and was quoted $350 + taxes.
What do you think of these prices?
 

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Sound's great rob,$ 245 usa dollars for what its worth when i suplied the parts from rockauto. com it's up to you good luck good luck with it. Reguards Ronjohn
 
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