Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Jamaica Plain.

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Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,114

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Joseph

25 years of experience
488 reviews
Joseph
25 years of experience
good
Prompt (early, even), very competent, and pleasant.

Alex

18 years of experience
36 reviews
Alex
18 years of experience
Alex is very good. Very patient -- not a hint of hurry from him discussing my car issues and handling my several calls on the day of the service. Everything finished in a timely manner, all old parts removed shown and gone over with me. And good discussion in general that helped to understand my car better.

Jonathan

20 years of experience
304 reviews
Jonathan
20 years of experience
Jonathan did a great job. On time, professional, and knowledgeable. Did the job in a timely manor.

Khoa

18 years of experience
360 reviews
Khoa
18 years of experience
Khoa (pronounced Kw-aa) was very nice and completed the job ahead of time. He also pointed out that my CV axel did not need to be replaced, saving me a few bucks. He tried his best to keep tidy, but some oil and radiator fluid spilled on the driveway (that's understandable given it is major work being performed outside of a shop environment). The only thing that kept me from giving him a 5 star is attention to detail. He left radiator fluid spigot underneath the car and didn't point out a loud clicking noise which I hadn't heard before and which he later diagnosed as a bad power steering pump. Overall, I would recommend Khoa.

Fred

15 years of experience
334 reviews
Fred
15 years of experience
Fred was amazing! He showed up on time and was very knowledgeable. He answered my questions and was very efficient. The job was estimated for 4 hours and he finished in 3.

Raymond

34 years of experience
63 reviews
Raymond
34 years of experience
Raymond helped me with a timing belt/serpentine belt/water pump service. This is NOT something you can do in the rain or cold. If you want to save several hundred dollars by booking this amazing mechanic, you need to pony up a garage. Little things like a heater and a value meal go a LONG way with him. His service was outstanding and he answered any questions we had. I had a small complication with air in the power steering and he came out free of charge to burp the system (also taught me!). Give him a safe and decent place to work and he'll rise to the occasion every time.

Michael

23 years of experience
69 reviews
Michael
23 years of experience
Good job and professional

Scott

19 years of experience
144 reviews
Scott
19 years of experience
Scott is a professional and would highly recommend him. He arrived on time, did a great job and cleaned up after he was done.

Chet

39 years of experience
439 reviews
Chet
39 years of experience
Professional process, works until dark and very patient, fix another minor problem for free. Great experience overall.

Maxwell

16 years of experience
390 reviews
Maxwell
16 years of experience
This was the first time using this service and I was very impressed. Maxwell was prompt for the appointment and patient in answering all of my questions. You could tell he was very knowledgeable and I was very satisfied with the work he performed. I would not hesitate to use him again in the future for any maintenance or service of my vehicles.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Jamaica Plain?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Saab 9-2X $635 $362.92 $271.96 12% $728.42
2005 Volkswagen Jetta $787 $370.79 $415.94 15% $929.79
2006 Volvo XC90 $587 $283.51 $303.96 15% $692.01
2005 Audi A8 Quattro $1048 $527.66 $519.93 14% $1226.41
2010 Lexus SC430 $838 $358.52 $479.94 16% $1003.52

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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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