Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Bel Air.

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YourMechanic Timing Belt Replacement Service

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,152

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Pete

15 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
15 years of experience
Very good!
My mechanic, Pete Hambly, was punctual, professional, and expedient in replacing my timing belt and water pump. I would absolutely work with and recommend Pete in the future. Plus the quote was 35% less than at the dealership. Using YourMechanic was a great experience all around.

Robert

19 years of experience
679 reviews
Robert
19 years of experience
Robert was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly when he came to replace my water pump and timing belt for my 95 Subaru Legacy. He noticed that my alternator belt was worn, so I quickly grabbed one from the shop down the street and he replaced it at no charge. Robert was friendly enough to let me watch him work on the car from start to finish and answered all of my questions. Great guy, great work.

Jonathan

21 years of experience
304 reviews
Jonathan
21 years of experience
Jonathan did a great job. On time, professional, and knowledgeable. Did the job in a timely manor.

Kevin

23 years of experience
284 reviews
Kevin
23 years of experience
Kevin was knowledgeable and very personable. I am very appreciative of the. Time and care he took with my car. Thank you so much. Nancy Allen

Honorio

18 years of experience
791 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Honorio was very patient and methodical and thorough. He knew all of the tricks to make the job go smoothly, but took the time to do it right. He was easy to talk to and was happy to explain things when I asked questions. This was my first experience with YourMechanic.com, and it turned out to be better than expected. I waited two days to write this review to ensure no engine leaking or other problems cropped up. The car is running beautifully and I haven't seen a single drip on the pavement or under the hood.

Paul

24 years of experience
207 reviews
Paul
24 years of experience
I wish I knew of Paul before. Besides being a very good mechanic the service was top notch. What a good experience and I will highly recommend him.

Adam

16 years of experience
124 reviews
Adam
16 years of experience

Grzegorz

40 years of experience
473 reviews
Grzegorz
40 years of experience

Emmette

35 years of experience
282 reviews
Emmette
35 years of experience
Emmette came on time. He took time and did a very thorough job with my Sienna at my house. He changed timing belt, water pump, thermostat, AC/drive belts, and also performed transmission fluid service. Great services. I would definitely use him again in the future.

Gary

26 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
26 years of experience
Gary is a great mechanic. Very honest. Very curtious. Did a great job.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Bel Air?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Volkswagen Beetle $449 $193.12 $255.96 16% $537.12
2010 Volvo S40 $572 $307.59 $263.96 13% $662.34
2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse $596 $340.30 $255.96 12% $684.30
2009 Acura MDX $744 $304.42 $439.94 16% $895.67
2006 Lexus GS430 $719 $351.12 $367.95 14% $845.62

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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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