Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Altadena.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,106

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Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Robert did a great job! I would definitely use his services again. I highly recommend.
As a person who loves doing small car maintenance myself I highly enjoyed talking to Robert and watching him doing a major job, the timing belt and water pump replacement. He showed up on time, knew all procedures by heart, answered all questions (he could be a good educator), went above and beyond in quickly finding right parts as some of them didn't fit because of minor model differences, and made sure that everything works as it should. All in all it was a great first time experience and I liked the concept of mobile mechanics. Way to go!

Jeffrey

25 years of experience
833 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Jeff was excellent. Very professional and obviously experienced. I asked him some questions to frankly test him. I have some mechanical experience and had researched the procedure; he gets an A+. He also left the work space very clean. Couldn't be more pleased!
Jeffrey is an awesome and very well experienced mechanic. I think he could fix any car with his eyes closed.

Peter

41 years of experience
1227 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
I couldn't have been more pleased with Peter's work. He was very professional, very knowledgeable, and nothing seemed like too much trouble for him to do. The work was completed on time and at the price quoted. He made the entire car repair process as painless as possible!! I am looking forward to working with him again in the future.
Peter did an excellent job with our Nissan. He was informative and helpful. Peter was meticulous at his work and cleaned the area as he worked, as well as when he completed the job. He also diagnosed another issue with the vehicle and sent me a quote. We are very pleased with his service and will highly recommend him to friends looking for a great mechanic.

Joshua

25 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
25 years of experience

Matthew

31 years of experience
618 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Very polite and knowledgeable I definitely will be contacting for my next service

Duane

23 years of experience
366 reviews
Duane
23 years of experience
Knowledgeable, friendly, and quick!

David

12 years of experience
20 reviews
David
12 years of experience
Knowledgeable person and a great mechanic

Emmette

34 years of experience
282 reviews
Emmette
34 years of experience
Emmette did a great job changing the oil pump, timing belt and water pump on my 2001 Avalon. Unfortunately due to the age and milage (200k) of the vehicle, several problems presented themselves (including broken bolts, manifolds/compressor interference) . Emmette's experience and dedication shined as the job was eventually completed successfully. He arrived early, pre-coordinated with me, and kept me posted on progress. I'm impressed with his work, his expertise, his dedication and will certainly be asking for him again.

Joseph

18 years of experience
426 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
Joseph initially diagnosed a coolant leak as a faulty water pump, and then swapped out the timing belt and water pump a few days later. His service was incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Joseph visited me at my home on both occasions and I didn't have to sit in a smelly auto shop for 4 hours while the work was completed.

David

24 years of experience
71 reviews
David
24 years of experience
I can't rave enough about how fast amd knowledgeable and punctual David is. My father owned a shop for 13+ years and would have been very happy to know David and would have jumped at the chance to hire someone with his integrity. I wish there were 6 stars!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Altadena?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Altadena. Our mechanics in Altadena are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Altadena.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Hyundai Tiburon $561 $320.62 $239.97 12% $643.12
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe $561 $320.62 $239.97 12% $643.12
2004 Volkswagen Golf $645 $348.93 $295.96 13% $746.68
2006 Lexus LX470 $718 $358.52 $359.95 14% $842.27
2006 Lexus GX470 $798 $358.52 $439.94 15% $949.77

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Timing Belt Replacement Service

What is a timing belt and how does it work?

An engine timing belt is a fiber reinforced, toothed drive belt manufactured using durable compounds such as highly saturated nitrile. The timing belt allows the crankshaft to drive the camshafts in the cylinder head at half the RPMs of the crankshaft. The camshafts then open and close the engine’s intake and exhaust valves in time with the movement and position of the pistons in the engine.

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When to replace the timing belt?

  • Every 60k-90k miles. If an engine is equipped with a timing belt, the timing belt must be replaced at the service interval specified by the vehicle manufacturer regardless of whether or not any problem is visible, typically in the range of 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Your vehicle owner’s manual should state the specific service interval.
  • Engine stops abruptly or will not start. Occasionally, timing belts can break, or skip, while the engine is running.
  • Rough engine operation. The molded, reinforced teeth on the timing belt engage gears on the crankshaft and camshafts. After many tens of thousands of miles, the teeth can wear or break, or the belt can stretch, thus causing the belt to jump position on the crankshaft or camshaft gears. Should the belt jump, the engine will run poorly and perhaps not at all.
  • Banging or clanking engine noise. On some engines, if the timing belt has jumped, the pistons and valves can collide and there will be noise and damage. These engine designs are referred to as interference engines. If your car has an interference engine, replacing the timing belt according to the maintenance schedule will minimize the chance that a belt failure will cause engine damage.

How do mechanics replace the timing belt?

Engine designs vary, and thus the replacement procedure will vary, but broadly, the procedure is as follows:

  • Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  • Once the engine is cold, set the crankshaft to top dead center with the number one piston on the compression stroke. Remove crankshaft pulley.
  • Remove all accessories interfering with the removal of the timing belt covers.
  • Remove timing belt covers. Lock camshafts, as required, and note position of camshaft timing marks. Remove timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys. Remove timing belt.
  • If replacing the water pump, do so at this time, and of course drain the cooling system first. If the engine cooling system thermostat is only accessible with water pump replacement, the thermostat should be replaced as well.
  • Installation of the new timing belt includes all of the above steps, performed in reverse, following strict guidelines to assure camshaft and crankshaft (and balancing shaft, if equipped) are in perfect alignment after tensioner has been set.
  • Upon completion of the installation, the engine crankshaft is turned by hand 720 degrees and the correct position of the timing marks on the crankshaft and the camshafts is confirmed.
  • The vehicle is road tested to confirm normal operation and a service sticker is affixed to the engine noting the date of belt replacement and the vehicle mileage.

Is it safe to drive with a timing belt problem?

No, were a worn out timing belt to snap while underway, perhaps on a highway, it creates a risk of complete loss of engine power while surrounded by fast moving vehicles. Once your vehicle has reached the recommended replacement mileage for the belt, you can eliminate the risk of sudden and unexpected timing belt breakage by having it replaced. If your engine is of the interference type, it is especially important to replace the belt according to the maintenance schedule because sudden breakage of the timing belt, while the engine is running, will likely cause significant damage to internal engine components such as the valves and pistons.

When replacing the timing belt keep in mind:

  • An interference engine should be carefully inspected before a broken timing belt is replaced because it may have sustained damage that will have to be repaired prior to installing a new belt.
  • The timing belt system includes idler pulleys and a belt tensioner. These components should be replaced along with the belt.
  • On some cars, the timing belt drives the engine’s water pump. Mechanics will usually recommend replacing the water pump at the same time that the timing belt is replaced.

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