timing belt question
New to this, but am looking for some kind of advice...my husband has a 2004 Mazda Millenia. Neither of us are very car savy, but use them everyday both being in outside sales. His car started having a loud constant ticking noice...sounded very much like some kind of belt or something but we have no clue. We we're on our way from a road trip and made it home and took it to the repair shop just down the street. They just called and said it has something to do with the timing, but really need to get in there and look. The car is running fine...but it's not a good noise. The quote we have been given is in the $1000 range?? Does this sound right. I know that's not a lot to go on, but we just don't have a clue. Should we try checking around and risk driving it more, or does this sound about right??
Any feedback would be much appreciated!