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YourMechanic Timing Belt Replacement Service

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,082

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Joshua

Joshua

24 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
24 years of experience
Joshua was very knowledgeable, completed the work quickly and I would certainly recommend him.
I was very pleased with the service I received from Josh, he has restored my faith in mechanics. I was very pleased with the entire experience from start to finish, I wish I had found him sooner. Carl B.
Gary

Gary

24 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
24 years of experience
Gary is a Great mechanic, I will ask him to help for my other cars in the near future.
He did a great job. The car runs great. I would refer your company to anyone. I will certainly use you again.
Peter

Peter

40 years of experience
1059 reviews
Peter
40 years of experience
Very professional and knowledgeable.
Peter arrived on time. He was cordial and neat. His work is excellent. He recommended additional work that will correct several misperforming functions. I hope he can be my mechanic for a long time. .
Whitney

Whitney

36 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
36 years of experience
Whitney is awesome, He is truly an expert. Came on time, explained to me what was going to happen, went through it step by step. It took a little more time than expected, but I would consider it a PLUS, considering that he was more interested in getting it right than getting it done fast.
Awesome service, thank you so much! At the end of the service he told me of all of the other issues he noticed with my car that I didn't know about - radiator fan always on, thinning brake pads, possible engine oil leak...yup, pretty embarrassing. But Whitney was very professional about it, and even prepared me with a summary with all of this information - really appreciate that extra mile he went!
Grzegorz

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
Very helpful.
Corey

Corey

13 years of experience
11 reviews
Corey
13 years of experience
He was polite courteous and did not talk down to me when I asked questions.
Pete

Pete

13 years of experience
174 reviews
Pete
13 years of experience
Pete arrived on time and did a great job servicing my car. He suggested a few additional things that could have been replaced in the future but did not try to upsell me or anything.The total cost of repairs ended up even slightly less than advertised. I highly recommend Pete and would definitely work with him in the future!
Robert

Robert

29 years of experience
179 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Robert arrived even earlier than scheduled time and started his work promptly and professionally. He finished his work on schedule without making any mess. He is friendly and knowledgable with his trade. I would recommend him highly to anybody.
Godwin

Godwin

21 years of experience
253 reviews
Godwin
21 years of experience
I am SO happy I found YourMechanic when I did. When my check engine light came on, I immediately took it to a shop to uncover the code. Once they discovered the problem with my timing belt, they were going to charge me a ridiculous amount of money to do the job. On top of that, I would've had to wait a week to book an appointment, there was just no way I was going to wait a week, I was already paranoid driving the car down the street. That evening I did a Google search and found YourMechanic and was so happy to be given a quote right away for drastically less than the shops were quoting me. I booked my appointment right away. Godwin was awesome! He was friendly and extremely professional. I appreciated how he accommodated my address change and communicated every step of the way. My timing belt was repaired in under 3 hours and then took my car around the block to make sure everything ran smoothly. I really appreciated the inspection report that I received in my inbox and all the feedback that was provided for my car. All in all this was a wonderful and very pleasant experience and will certainly be making Godwin my go-to guy for my recommended services. Thank you so much Godwin!!
Patrick

Patrick

30 years of experience
865 reviews
Patrick
30 years of experience
Excellent service.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Gaithersburg?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse $596 $339.70 $255.96 12% $683.70
2012 Fiat 500 $775 $454.86 $319.96 12% $884.86
2009 Hyundai Elantra $513 $216.66 $295.96 16% $614.41
2008 Audi A4 Quattro $777 $368.89 $407.94 15% $917.14
2005 Land Rover Freelander $903 $383.34 $519.93 16% $1082.09

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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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