Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Prospect Heights.

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Number of Reviews

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Amor

Amor

40 years of experience
181 reviews
Amor
40 years of experience
Amor is an expert. Amor was on time and professional. Amor completed the work on time on budget and was very pleasant to work with. I would recommend your mechanic to friends and family. I am usually very careful with auto sales or repairs but with this service (so far), two thumbs up! John
James

James

27 years of experience
331 reviews
James
27 years of experience
Great Honest Guy, Thanks For Everything !!!!
Wonderful man. James was super. It is hard to say enough positive things about him. I feel like I have a new friend. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He taught me a few things and found a couple of minor things that need to be taken care of. But most of all, he is a very personable and pleasant man to be around. Very highly recommended.
Patrick

Patrick

29 years of experience
369 reviews
Patrick
29 years of experience
Pat was, simply put, absolutely amazing. We had initially arranged for a timing belt replacement on my PT Cruiser, and as he worked on it he noticed a few other issues that needed to be addressed, which he handled wonderfully. Pat is very clearly experienced in his field, meticulous in his work, and communicative with his customers. He stresses his desire to give 100% often, so, for those who are willing to work with him as he does his best, I highly, highly recommend him.
Patrick was very helpful and discovered some other important issues with our Honda. He even came back the next day to fix a small issue that needed an additional part, at no charge.
Ben

Ben

38 years of experience
883 reviews
Ben
38 years of experience
Ben came exact at 9 o'clock as schedule. He performed an excellent job. He was very polite.
I trust Ben to get the job done!
Robert

Robert

28 years of experience
500 reviews
Robert
28 years of experience
Very happy with the service. My car needed a couple of small additional pieces of work and once I paid for the parts, Robert installed them for me quickly at no additional charge. Refreshing to work with a mechanic not trying to pile on a bunch of additional work.
Quick work, friendly, good communicator.
Whitney

Whitney

36 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
36 years of experience
Whitney was excellent and very meticulous at his job. My Elantra runs much smoother and nicer after the Timing belt change. Very happy with the work done !!!
Breck

Breck

17 years of experience
355 reviews
Breck
17 years of experience
great
Robert

Robert

39 years of experience
232 reviews
Robert
39 years of experience
Overall very good service, I wish I didn't have to make extra trip to get needed parts.
Charles

Charles

24 years of experience
12 reviews
Charles
24 years of experience
Terry

Terry

27 years of experience
108 reviews
Terry
27 years of experience
Great guy - went above and beyond to get my truck working again! Thank you Terry!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Prospect Heights?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Kia Spectra $535 $174.82 $359.95 18% $658.57
2009 Subaru Legacy $653 $389.40 $263.96 12% $744.15
2004 Mitsubishi Galant $731 $363.46 $367.95 14% $857.96
2009 Acura MDX $752 $311.82 $439.94 16% $903.07
2006 Lexus RX400h $673 $256.77 $415.94 17% $815.77

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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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