Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Palo Alto.

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4.9/5

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Mark

9 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
9 years of experience
Mark is awesome!
Very knowledgeable, honest, efficient!

Honorio

17 years of experience
759 reviews
Honorio
17 years of experience
Excellent job in difficult environment. Raining.
Honorio was on time, very thorough and professional. He went above and beyond when he diagnosed and fixed my A/C issue even though it was unrelated to the timing belt replacement.

Whitney

37 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
37 years of experience
prompt, professional and great service

Patrick

31 years of experience
1053 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
Patrick was punctual and completed the job well within the estimated time frame. Great job!
Patrick showed up on time and was very courteoujdand professional. He got right to work and completed thegtiming belt and waterpump replacement . I am very impressed with this and will continue to use as it is significantly less expensive than going to the dealership.

Joe

41 years of experience
709 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Great mechanic and a good guy. Very honest.
On time, finished job in a timely manner. Did not leave any mess and my car runs great. I am very impressed with the service provided and that it met all my criteria.

Khoa

18 years of experience
363 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.

Raul

32 years of experience
285 reviews
Raul
32 years of experience
good job . para los latinos , el habla espanol y hace buen trabajo

Alexander

27 years of experience
45 reviews
Alexander
27 years of experience
Alexander replaced my car's timing belt today and did a great job. He was friendly, knowledgeable and gave me very valuable advice. The repair did cost exactly as much as the quote had said and I really appreciated the free inspection. Next time my car needs any maintenance or repairs, I will definitely try to make an appointance with Alexander again!

Adam

15 years of experience
48 reviews
Adam
15 years of experience

Joel

19 years of experience
748 reviews
Joel
19 years of experience
Great Job! Thank you!!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Palo Alto?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Volkswagen Jetta $701 $348.93 $351.95 14% $821.93
2010 Volkswagen Golf City $695 $222.58 $471.94 18% $856.83
2008 Kia Rio5 $560 $272.53 $287.96 15% $659.53
2010 Acura MDX $752 $311.82 $439.94 16% $903.07
2004 Audi A6 Quattro $1151 $559.32 $591.92 15% $1354.82

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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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