How to Buy a Good Quality Timing Belt

You car’s timing belt is a big part of what makes your car run smoothly. This belt is responsible for controlling the camshafts that are in the engine. It closes and opens the valves at the exact right moment, and this is what provides the smoothness in your drive.

Unfortunately when this timing belt "goes" it's a pretty big deal. What happens is that this belt can suddenly break/snap without any warning whatsoever. Once this happens the valves will be stuck in the open position, which means the pistons are free to hit them. This can end up as a very costly repair thanks to massive amounts of damage to your engine. For this reason most mechanics recommend that you change your timing belt sometime between the 60,000 mile and 90,000 mile mark.

It is generally recommended to get a new water pump when you change the timing belt. The two parts have similar longevity, so it's the kind of replacement that makes sense to do at the same time.

For best results, consider these helpful tips when choosing a timing belt for your vehicle:

  • Check your owners manual: Consult with your owner's manual so that you know exactly what you're looking for when it comes to the timing belt.

  • Budget and quality: There are a number of brands available on the market with a wide range in price. Some tend to hold up a bit longer/better than others, and may be better in certain vehicles.

  • Keep track of your mileage: Once you purchase the timing belt start keeping track of your mileage right away. This is so that you have an idea when it’s time for replacement again.

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Jonathan

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Chrysler LeBaron - Timing Belt - Brooksville, Florida
Jonathon, Is a Nice Guy with Patience and did a Great Job! Showed up on time and got the repairs done, I will only book him again in the Future, after I had an issue with another Business locally, I decided to give your mechanic a try, I am glad I did.
Honda Accord - Timing Belt - New Port Richey, Florida
A true professional. Extremely knowledgable friendly and efficient. Would not hesitate to use again. Thanks

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Acura TL - Timing Belt - Jacksonville, Florida
Brian is awesome. This is the second time he’s come work on my car and I am extremely impressed. Recommend to everyone!
Kia Soul - Timing Belt - Jacksonville, Florida
The mechanic arrived a few minutes early, he was very cordial, professional, and knowledgeable. Work was performed in a timely manner he seemed to really know what he was doing. I would definitely have him work on my car again whenever I need something done that I am unable to do myself.

Eddie

40 years of experience
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Eddie
40 years of experience
Honda Civic - Timing Belt Replacement - Star, Idaho
Eddie knows what he's talking about. He's gone above and beyond what is expected oh him. He didn't wash his hands off of my vehicle when it was giving him the greatest grief. He persevered through in getting my timing belt replaced.
Subaru Forester - Timing Belt - Meridian, Idaho
Upstanding job, Excellent service. Mr Eddie is very Efficient, friendly and professional . Highly recommended.

Jimmi

27 years of experience
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Jimmi
27 years of experience
Hyundai Santa Fe - Timing Belt - Orlando, Florida
Great mechanic very knowledgeable and informative. knew how to disassemble and reassemble timing belt on Santa fe.
Hyundai Sonata - Timing Belt - Orlando, Florida
Jimmi was quite knowledgable and took great care with my vehicle! Additionally, he gave me an honest and detailed explanation of future preventative maintenance, including what was important and what needed to wait.

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