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John

27 years of experience
849 reviews
John
27 years of experience
Another great experience!
John was awesome. He diagnosed our problem within minutes, he was early for both appointments that we made, and took extra effort to make sure everything with our car was perfect. Thanks a lot John!

Joshua

27 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
27 years of experience
Joshua came right on time, was extremely friendly and fixed my timing belt with no problems. I am very happy with his work and would be happy to use him again on my auto repair.

Damian

11 years of experience
430 reviews
Damian
11 years of experience
Friendly and efficient service. Couldn’t ask for much more.

William

20 years of experience
129 reviews
William
20 years of experience
this is my 2nd time (different problem) having william work on my Hyundai. He did a great job on the previous repair, and great job again this time. i recommended to my son and others. This time he did the timing belt water pump etc. He showed me the old parts and their wear and the new parts that replaced them. very willing to let me watch and ask questions so I can know my car better and so forth. Highly recommended.

Ben

41 years of experience
1274 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Timing belt change is really a time-consuming job. It took more than 4 hours to finish. Ben worked hard and friendly.

Rodney

36 years of experience
479 reviews
Rodney
36 years of experience
Great service, Rodney was awesome! Very knowledgeable

Charles

34 years of experience
342 reviews
Charles
34 years of experience
Just fantastic. He arrived quite early and not only did the job fairly quick, but I also got a general assessment on my old Lexus. Highly recommended!

Clifton

30 years of experience
40 reviews
Clifton
30 years of experience
My experience was amazing and he is so very professional, I will definitely be using yourmechanic.com again and I will request Clifton!!!! Trully a great job well done!!!! Thank you!!!!!

Dan

39 years of experience
893 reviews
Dan
39 years of experience
Great service at a fair price. I have had Dan service my Toyota many times and have been 100% satisfied every time.

Frank

40 years of experience
57 reviews
Frank
40 years of experience
Very professional, he came and carefully listened to my explanation of the problem I was having with the car, then did some testing of a couple of issues, and immediately told me what the issue was. Best of all, it only took him a few minutes to resolve it. Will definitely ask for his service again, and will highly recommend him.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Monterey?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Toyota Solara $685 $284.97 $399.95 16% $822.47
2007 Volvo C30 $777 $312.67 $463.94 17% $936.17
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer $809 $504.62 $303.96 11% $913.12
2006 Audi A8 Quattro $1050 $530.40 $519.93 14% $1229.15
2013 Audi A3 $770 $490.20 $279.96 11% $866.45

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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.

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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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