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Theodore

14 years of experience
1066 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Theodore was great. He is meticulous, he shared a lot of knowledge with me, he stayed until the job was done, he was prompt, he cleaned up the work area well afterward. He even gave me some tips for DIY work I was doing on the car. And when some billing issues arose, he helped resolve them. I thought it went very well.
Theodore was great I will definitely recommend him to co workers and friends. Thank you again

Chris

13 years of experience
104 reviews
Chris
13 years of experience
Chris was here early. He was very knowledgable and very nice. He finished my car and gave me some feedback on my next issue to have repaired. I will def be reqesting him next time.

Chris

16 years of experience
334 reviews
Chris
16 years of experience
Everything was great, it went much better than I even expected. Will definitely continue using your mechanic 

Patrick

31 years of experience
1032 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
Again very satisfied. Thank you Patrick

Kyle

11 years of experience
145 reviews
Kyle
11 years of experience
Excellent work.

Patrick

30 years of experience
369 reviews
Patrick
30 years of experience
Patrick is a complete professional. He showed up on time and completed the job on time. He replaced a water pump, thermostat and hoses.

David

32 years of experience
65 reviews
David
32 years of experience
Did and excellent job.

Jeffrey

25 years of experience
833 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
He did a good job on fixing our car. He made sure it was done right and double checked his work . Great job Jeff.

Milton

35 years of experience
204 reviews
Milton
35 years of experience
Everything was fine but the website needs to be more realistic on job time estimates - without increasing the rates .

Matthew

31 years of experience
618 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Matthew is great! I've had two service calls with him and the quality of service was excellent. Matthew is very knowledgeable and takes the time to help customers understand what he did.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Fairfax?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander $707 $451.37 $255.96 11% $795.37
2015 Honda Odyssey $600 $311.82 $287.96 14% $698.82
2014 Subaru WRX STI $830 $510.50 $319.96 11% $940.50
2004 Audi Allroad Quattro $865 $336.69 $527.93 17% $1046.19
2004 Lexus GS300 $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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