Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Elgin.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,115

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Ben

39 years of experience
1117 reviews
Ben
39 years of experience
Ben was on time, explained the process and completed the job to my satisfaction. Would surely recommend.
He communicated well about his arrival and was fast and thorough on a fairly complex job.

Joseph

18 years of experience
429 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
On time Communicated well Got done quick
Knowledgeable! Even came early. Made sure to answer all my questions.

Theodore

14 years of experience
1078 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Excellent job. Very efficient. Managed work space well. Very clean. I plan to hire Theodore for all my future automotive repairs that require a highly skilled and experienced mechanic.

David

34 years of experience
195 reviews
David
34 years of experience
Exceptional service! Took the time to explain to me what service would be taking place. As a girl, that was AWESOME! Very knowledgeable about his craft. Personable as well.

Steve

28 years of experience
49 reviews
Steve
28 years of experience
Steve was great and helpful. He fixed our timing belt, and after realizing that the serpentine belt was breaking down and showing and asking us, he went out and got a new serpentine belt and still fixed everything on time. He made great recommendations for needed repairs, and I would definitely choose him to work on my car again.

Joe

21 years of experience
85 reviews
Joe
21 years of experience
Joe was very professional and polite and courteous

Mack

20 years of experience
114 reviews
Mack
20 years of experience
I do not like the process of trying to find a good mechanic. But I am glad that Mack was the one sent to fix my Volvo. I have a couple other items on my other cars that need attention he is the guys I will be calling.

Robert

40 years of experience
232 reviews
Robert
40 years of experience
Overall very good service, I wish I didn't have to make extra trip to get needed parts.

Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
Grzegorzs did a great job replacing the timing belt, water pump, and front brakes.

Keith

24 years of experience
229 reviews
Keith
24 years of experience
Highly recommended, professional mechanic


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
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser $822 $262.18 $559.93 18% $1014.68
2012 Kia Soul $558 $310.21 $247.96 13% $643.46
2005 Hyundai Sonata $681 $320.62 $359.95 15% $804.37
2010 Acura MDX $752 $311.82 $439.94 16% $903.07
2009 Acura RL $656 $311.82 $343.95 15% $774.07

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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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