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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,115

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Ian

13 years of experience
133 reviews
Ian
13 years of experience
Friendly, Professional & Knowledgeable
Fast service

Jeffrey

25 years of experience
839 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Arrived early and was very polite, answered all of my questions, and worked quickly and efficiently.
Jeff arrived early and he and his wife were very friendly and professional. Asked if there were concerns other than the job assigned & noted those. He finished the repair ahead of scheduled time & also fixed a squeaky serpentine belt. I would highly recommend Jeff!

Albert

11 years of experience
27 reviews
Albert
11 years of experience

James

29 years of experience
481 reviews
James
29 years of experience
James made my aging 2004 Honda Odyssey like new again. I'm very happy I got to work with James. He is an exceptional mechanic.

Christopher

15 years of experience
32 reviews
Christopher
15 years of experience
Can't thank Chris enough for all his hard work and enthusiasm in getting my truck back to working order. Chris is the knowledgable, honest mechanic you've been looking for. When the water pump on my truck was leaking, I took it to few local car shops and the cost was so high that I actually began searching to buy a new car for a while. Then I discovered your mechanic and the cost was much more reasonable, so I went with it. I knew I had made the right choice when Chris was chosen as my mechanic - he was very personable, gathered all the parts, and took care of business. We had to order a special piece for the repair and he stayed in close contact throughout the whole process, always putting my busy schedule first. My experience with Chris and your mechanic was very pleasant and I'm glad I found someone I can finally rely on for my car care needs.

Matthew

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

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
We have known Robert for many years & know of his skills

Rusty

21 years of experience
357 reviews
Rusty
21 years of experience
Rusty was very kind, thorough and professional. He did a great job.

Patrick

30 years of experience
369 reviews
Patrick
30 years of experience
Pat was, simply put, absolutely amazing. We had initially arranged for a timing belt replacement on my PT Cruiser, and as he worked on it he noticed a few other issues that needed to be addressed, which he handled wonderfully. Pat is very clearly experienced in his field, meticulous in his work, and communicative with his customers. He stresses his desire to give 100% often, so, for those who are willing to work with him as he does his best, I highly, highly recommend him.

Tim

46 years of experience
73 reviews
Tim
46 years of experience
Tim got in touch with me right after I put in my order for service to get more information, as he lots of experience with Subaurus and suspected my original diagnosis might have been incorrect or insufficient. Turns out he was right. It was a completely different problem altogether, My car threw a rod and needs a new engine (I was originally told the timing belt had broken). He explained exactly what he checked out and how he found the hole in my engine block. He had good advice on the pros and cons of getting a used engine at this point in the life of my car, and he had some helpful hints for haggling with junk shops, too. He went the distance to make sure I wasn't charged for his visit, as my original diagnosis was useless. Tim is a no BS, highly skilled mechanic who knows his stuff.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Elgin?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Dodge Caravan $566 $262.18 $303.96 15% $670.68
2012 Kia Soul $558 $310.21 $247.96 13% $643.46
2006 Honda Accord $680 $311.82 $367.95 15% $806.32
2009 Acura TL $696 $311.82 $383.95 15% $827.82
2010 Acura TSX $632 $311.82 $319.96 14% $741.82

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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.

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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