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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Chris

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Chris
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Toyota 4Runner V6-3.4L - Timing Belt - Anaheim, California
Chriss was really great. I appreciated his knowledge of my vehicle. He shared maintenance tips. Oh and he did a really good job with a difficult ask. New timing belt, drive belt, Radiator. Thank you!
Honda Odyssey - Timing Belt - Murrieta, California
We always use Chris for our auto repairs when he is available. He is very reliable and does a good job.

William

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William
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Ford Ranger L4-2.3L - Timing Belt - Phoenix, Arizona
I was scammed out of 2300 dollars by another mobile mechanic who said I needed a new engine. William came out and replaced the timing belt and water pump. He explained everything to me and was honest when asked certain questions. I will use this service again because William is now my mechanic. Great service.
Honda Pilot - Timing Belt - Phoenix, Arizona
Awesome person, friendly and did a great job. Had my timing belt done with the pulleys, water pump and thermostat. Defenitly knowledgeable in his field of work and will be using him again in my future repairs.

James

30 years of experience
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James
30 years of experience
Honda Pilot V6-3.5L - Timing Belt - Kissimmee, Florida
This was a great first experience with YourMechanic. James was professional and worked diligently to get the job done. Highly recommend and will be using him again. Thanks!
Chrysler Sebring - Timing Belt - Orlando, Florida
James kept in touch with me the day of the repairs. Hard-working guy! Stay and finished job till late evening. Timing belt, new water pump and valve cover. So far so good! Thank you James!!

Jermaine

24 years of experience
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24 years of experience
Lexus GX470 V8-4.7L - Timing Belt - Clarksville, Maryland
Jermaine always does a great job. He has worked on three of my cars, and done efficient and flawless work. He's a great guy too.
Honda Ridgeline - Timing Belt - Rockville, Maryland
I want to thank Jermaine for the quick, professional service on my 06 Honda Ridgeline. Outstanding. I didn't know what to expect, but after he completed the work and was explaining what he inspected afterward, I was very pleased. He was very professional and was able to help diagnose another potential issue. This is the first time I used "yourmechanic.com" and from the estimate I received (both timeframe and money), compared to the auto shops around town, I couldn't believe what could be done outside my home. After this experience, I will be a returning customer.

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