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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Paul

23 years of experience
207 reviews
Paul
23 years of experience
Clean. polite.fast. Answered questions. Best service i had in years. Car Czar.
Great first experience with YourMechanic! Impressed with Paul being on time and ready to work on my Lexus! I will look forward to having Paul do any future work on my vehicles!

Joshua

25 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
25 years of experience
Was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond what was expected as well as took the time to answer all my questions to my satisfaction. I would recommend him to anyone.
He's the best! Knows Acuras well and always does an amazing job!

Whitney

37 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
37 years of experience
prompt, professional and great service
Whitney was very friendly and knowledgable. He did not try to sell me any additional repairs and was honest about the condition of my truck. He was happy to share his experience with me .I would highly recommend him to anybody.

Matthew

31 years of experience
601 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Great job.
Once again he was highly professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
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!
Very informative and friendly. Great work!

Melvin

15 years of experience
221 reviews
Melvin
15 years of experience

Allen

34 years of experience
431 reviews
Allen
34 years of experience
Better than expected. He was very professional and you can really tell he cares about you and your car

Ernesto

30 years of experience
25 reviews
Ernesto
30 years of experience
Excellent service from Ernesto. He replaced timing belt, water pump, spark plugs as well as fixed electric components on my acura rdx. He has been very helpful in finding parts. I would definitely recommend Ernesto and also use his services in future.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1026 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience

Tom

40 years of experience
205 reviews
Tom
40 years of experience
This was a great experience having Tom work on my Volvo at home. I'm sold on the service, price and convenience. There was no problem installing the parts that I had purchased. I'll be scheduling additional work.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Durham?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Dodge Caravan $566 $262.18 $303.96 15% $670.68
2006 Saturn Vue $748 $307.82 $439.94 16% $899.07
2012 Subaru Legacy $783 $503.16 $279.96 10% $879.41
2011 Acura ZDX $616 $311.82 $303.96 14% $720.32
2012 Audi A3 $807 $487.46 $319.96 11% $917.46

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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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