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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,106

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Ben

39 years of experience
1101 reviews
Ben
39 years of experience
Ben,did a good job.
He communicated well about his arrival and was fast and thorough on a fairly complex job.

Pete

14 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
14 years of experience
Pete made sure that I was prepared ahead of time for the service and I'm thankful for the quality work he performed the work on my car. The car is in much better condition and he finished his work in less than the time originally quoted. Pete was a true professional from start to finish and I will request to work with him again on future services!
Pete shown up 30 min early, we is knowledgeable. I would be glad to have Pete as my future mechanic.

Jonathan

33 years of experience
353 reviews
Jonathan
33 years of experience
Jonathan was very professional and knowledgeable. He showed up on time and completed the requested repairs in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend his services.
Jonathan has worked on my car twice and both times he has gone far above and beyond. First time he came out, he chased away a snake that was resting in my engine. Then, when my battery wouldn’t start, he took the battery out of his own truck and used it to get my car started (my car had been sitting for a couple of months). The second time, he spent 5 hours working on a job which ended up being much more complicated than was expected. He stayed and worked by lamplight to make sure it was done right before he left. I highly recommend him. He is professional, knowledgeable, pleasant, and thorough. Thank you, Jonathan.

Diego

19 years of experience
407 reviews
Diego
19 years of experience
Diego figured out what the pervious mechanic didn’t do right. I appreciate the job that Diego did today, very much Jeff

Joseph

25 years of experience
480 reviews
Joseph
25 years of experience
Initially I have no idea that this kind of service exist like a house call. I was skeptical at first but my idea has changed. Mr. Joseph Smith arrived on time and ready to work. He was very informative and discussed with me what he was going to do. He showed me the materials and equipment to be replaced which you will not get to see if it was done at your dealership. The job was done within the proposed time and even made sure that my vehicle was clean. Gave me information on what is needed on the next service interval. Overall, I am happy with the service. I do recommend Joseph for your car maintenance need. I will use his service again.

Chris

20 years of experience
1593 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Excellent mechanic! Definitely using him in the future.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1032 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience

Paul

23 years of experience
207 reviews
Paul
23 years of experience
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!

Robert

25 years of experience
333 reviews
Robert
25 years of experience
I've dealt with many mechanics in my life and by far Robert is the most knowledgeable, dependable, and trustworthy that I've ever dealt with. He not only did the work well and at a super price but he stood behind his work like no other. When something unexpected prevented Robert from finishing the work, as promised, he kept coming back until he finished the job to my satisfaction and at no extra cost to me. I would highly recommend Robert and yourmechanic.com without hesitation.

Ian

13 years of experience
133 reviews
Ian
13 years of experience
The guy is very professional!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Elkridge?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer $808 $503.69 $303.96 11% $912.19
2007 Subaru Outback $653 $389.40 $263.96 12% $744.15
2009 Honda Pilot $752 $311.82 $439.94 16% $903.07
2005 Audi A8 Quattro $1048 $527.66 $519.93 14% $1226.41
2004 Audi A6 Quattro $1080 $527.66 $551.93 14% $1269.41

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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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