Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Des Plaines.

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Number of Reviews

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Raul

Raul

31 years of experience
285 reviews
Raul
31 years of experience
This was my first time using YourMechanic, and it was a great experience.
Robert

Robert

28 years of experience
500 reviews
Robert
28 years of experience
Robert was wonderful to work with! I needed my timing and serpentine belts replaced on my 2007 Kia Optima v6. My appointment window was 12:30-1, Robert called me around 12:30 to let me know he would be closer to 1. He arrived and was very warm and kind, he asked me if there's anything else I wanted him to take a look at. I kept checking in on him every hour or so and he would update me on what he was doing (even though I'm basically car clueless). The whole process took around 4 hours, partly because he had to run to the store because he was sent the wrong part. Robert even helped me with some hanging plastic damage (cosmetic) that happened a few weeks prior due to running over a tire on the highway. The next day my car was driving super smoothly and I could tell she got the TLC she needed from Robert. Thanks again Robert!
We have known Robert for many years & know of his skills
Dan

Dan

36 years of experience
611 reviews
Dan
36 years of experience
Eugenio

Eugenio

23 years of experience
133 reviews
Eugenio
23 years of experience
Even though he had to deal with problems he didn't know about in advance (tree branches needing to be cut down just for his truck to get to my car, hood wasn't able to close fully, having to go pick up parts, etc), Eugenio dealt with them anyway and the cost was less than the estimate.
Chris

Chris

19 years of experience
1240 reviews
Chris
19 years of experience
Guy was great. My van is running great.Thanks.You
Richard

Richard

11 years of experience
529 reviews
Richard
11 years of experience
Work was great so was he one of the best mechanics I ever met in my life great work great person will be hiring him again thank you
Gary

Gary

24 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
24 years of experience
Jonathan

Jonathan

14 years of experience
138 reviews
Jonathan
14 years of experience
Adam

Adam

13 years of experience
64 reviews
Adam
13 years of experience
Adam was very precise with his work. Very professional, very friendly, He knew what he was doing from the very beginning. I would highly recommend Adam for all of your car repairs. He replaced a Timing Belt, and it was a very difficult job. We are so glad we found Adam to do the job. He will be doing all of our repairs in the future.
Dave

Dave

13 years of experience
56 reviews
Dave
13 years of experience
Showed up on time. It was pouring down rain all day and my car was under a carport. Took longer than estimated.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Des Plaines?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Subaru Legacy $593 $353.28 $239.97 12% $675.78
2008 Kia Spectra5 $505 $216.66 $287.96 16% $603.66
2012 Subaru Impreza $745 $472.57 $271.96 11% $838.07
2012 Acura MDX $752 $311.82 $439.94 16% $903.07
2004 Lexus IS300 $731 $290.73 $439.94 17% $881.98

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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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