Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Atherton.

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Number of Reviews

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James

James

27 years of experience
331 reviews
James
27 years of experience
Very knowledgeable and professional. He also completed the repair much quicker than expected. I will be sure to request James in the future.
A very serious professional person. He was very honest with us and explain what the car needed and how he was going to work on the car. He explain us how was the car after fixing it. We are very thankful of having Mr. James working with us.
Joshua

Joshua

24 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
24 years of experience
I have been recommending "YourMechanic" to everyone it is so convenient and the pricing is great !! No need to take time off work everything is done on the computer it's great !! No surprises you know the cost when you schedule the service I love it !! Joshua was absolutely AWESOME he was so professional and very nice the car runs soooo good I am extremely happy !!
He's the best! Knows Acuras well and always does an amazing job!
Robert

Robert

28 years of experience
500 reviews
Robert
28 years of experience
Robert is high professional, clear and organized in the work mechanic. He good knows and loves his job. He has a well-equipped truck with tools and necessary equipment for any work. Robert did great job replacing timing belts on my Nissan Frontier and Toyota Highlander. I have already recommended three friends for Robert and I'll recommend him for all those, who need any repair or any service on their cars. Thank you Robert. Good job. I also want to thank the management, as I understand it is still not big, but growing company, for information and the organization of the repair of cars.
Grzegorz

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
Grzegorzs is the best mechanic in the Bay Area hands down! He went the extra mile (pun intended) taking care of my Kia spectra to make sure everything was working properly. I never felt taken advantage of or price gouged which unfortunately can happen with a lot of mechanics. Great work!
Dan

Dan

36 years of experience
611 reviews
Dan
36 years of experience
Enrique

Enrique

18 years of experience
244 reviews
Enrique
18 years of experience
Enrique was very knowledgeable, honest and gave great advice in regards to what I should do with my car. He did a very good job.
John

John

17 years of experience
310 reviews
John
17 years of experience
Good
Ibrahim

Ibrahim

19 years of experience
19 reviews
Ibrahim
19 years of experience
Keith

Keith

23 years of experience
117 reviews
Keith
23 years of experience
Very professional and knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t waste anytime and gets the job done.
Patrick

Patrick

30 years of experience
865 reviews
Patrick
30 years of experience
Patrick was outstanding. He explained everything to me that he was doing and answered all of my questions while giving me great suggestions about my vehicle.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Atherton?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Atherton. Our mechanics in Atherton 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 Atherton.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2013 Volvo C70 $789 $324.99 $463.94 16% $948.49
2009 Subaru Forester $775 $503.05 $271.96 10% $868.55
2006 Subaru Outback $653 $389.40 $263.96 12% $744.15
2014 Acura RDX $600 $311.82 $287.96 14% $698.82
2005 Audi A4 Quattro $837 $276.97 $559.93 18% $1029.47

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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.

Timing Belt

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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