Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Martindale.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,095

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Raul

32 years of experience
285 reviews
Raul
32 years of experience
Happy with Raul, Happy with YourMechanic. I've owned over 300 cars, 2 shops and I am a car historian, so I'm pretty familiar with auto repairs. I inherited my aunt's '01 Camry with 45,000 miles. I like seeing guys with lots of experience working on my car. Raul was superior. But then, so was my last experience. Your service is really good for "car guys" as well as everybody else!

Whitney

37 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
37 years of experience
Whitney knowledgeable and he does not use confusing jargons. It is very time saving to have a mechanic come to you, no more headache trying to get back after leaving your car for service.
Whitney is knowledgable and expert. He is swift and Courteous. He did my service pretty smartly and knows what and how to do.

Peter

41 years of experience
1219 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Very pleased with Peter! Arrived early, completed the job early as a result. Peter was very professional. When he left, the work area was more clean than when he started! I hope I can have him do all future work I need performed!
Outstanding! Was sceptical and hesitant to use this service, I'm just accustomed to the inconvenience of taking my car to a brick and mortar shop. Never again if it can be avoided. Peter was the consummate experienced professional. Not only was the problem exactly as he expected, the repair was less than the quote- which was already significantly less expensive than my past experience with traditional shops. I am overjoyed at the convenience of this service and I will definitely use again. Highly recommended, and Peter was phenomenal.

Gary

25 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
25 years of experience
Gary is a Great mechanic, I will ask him to help for my other cars in the near future.

Juan

8 years of experience
167 reviews
Juan
8 years of experience
Amazing. On time. Honest. Willing to work and ready to get to it. Very great full to have Petey the PT back on the road.

Joseph

31 years of experience
522 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
Fast and did a good job

Robert

23 years of experience
10 reviews
Robert
23 years of experience
Robert was 15 minutes early to my appointment, he was very well prepared for the timing belt change and did the job neatly and professionally. I would highly recommend him for any job. His technical ability and knowledge of the work was very impressive.

Michael

22 years of experience
15 reviews
Michael
22 years of experience
On time, polite, knowledgeable, thorough. The car has never run so good. Will use him again for sure!

Paul

8 years of experience
38 reviews
Paul
8 years of experience
Paul showed up early, was friendly, and got right to business. I'm very pleased with this service and will definitely recommend it.

Robert

18 years of experience
606 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Very Happy satisfied


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Martindale?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Toyota Camry $561 $256.77 $303.96 15% $665.27
2009 Volvo S40 $589 $324.99 $263.96 13% $679.74
2005 Volvo S80 $523 $283.51 $239.97 13% $606.01
2004 Audi A8 Quattro $955 $435.51 $519.93 15% $1134.26
2009 Acura TL $704 $311.82 $391.95 16% $838.57

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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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