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Robert

20 years of experience
1028 reviews
Robert
20 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.
Robert finished the job in half the time I thought he would. He was profesional and very honest on his assessment of my vehicle

Patrick

32 years of experience
369 reviews
Patrick
32 years of experience
I thought I was to get $10.00 off for posting to Facebook for a total of $235.00 instead of $245.00 that I paid with Visa card ending in 0018.
Patrick was very helpful and discovered some other important issues with our Honda. He even came back the next day to fix a small issue that needed an additional part, at no charge.

Robert

31 years of experience
641 reviews
Robert
31 years of experience
Robert is really nice and professional and gives you good advice. He found out that the Mono Valve on the driver side was broken when he is replacing the timing belt for our car. He helped us change it without adding labor cost. Thank you Robert!

Enrique

21 years of experience
244 reviews
Enrique
21 years of experience
Great service, very knowledgeable and professional.

Joseph

33 years of experience
540 reviews
Joseph
33 years of experience
Joseph was absolutely professional, easy going and fantastic to work with. I will be working with him in the near future! Thanks so much for all you did today. it was so cold outside!

Mark

11 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
11 years of experience
Fixed problems. Ended up staying later than scheduled because my car was being obstinate.

James

31 years of experience
651 reviews
James
31 years of experience
James was very professional & thorough. I am very pleased with the service I received and will not only use him again in the future, but will also recommend him to my friends.

Chris

22 years of experience
2174 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
Chris allshouse is the man he is the only one I would use from Your Mechanic !!! Great job Chris !!

Robert

42 years of experience
232 reviews
Robert
42 years of experience
Do not like the communication with your company...Very difficult. .

Adam

17 years of experience
124 reviews
Adam
17 years of experience
Adam is great.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in College Park?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2008 Kia Rio5 $585 $296.76 $287.96 14% $683.76
2011 Volvo V50 $527 $263.47 $263.96 14% $618.22
2014 Honda Accord $699 $339.39 $359.95 15% $823.14
2014 Acura RLX $749 $493.49 $255.96 10% $837.49
2006 Acura MDX $777 $337.15 $439.94 16% $928.40

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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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