Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Reading.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,106

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Alfredo

19 years of experience
123 reviews
Alfredo
19 years of experience
Alfredo was great. He came prepared and was very efficient. He finished my timing belt in the time it was to take.
Alfredo did a great job installing a new timing belt kit, and very knowledgeable. I have already recommended him to another friend of mine. Would book him again, 5 STARS!!!

Joseph

31 years of experience
532 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
Mr. Lee did a great job. I contacted him 90 minutes before the appointment time and he immediately responded and was able to show up an hour early. The parts I gave him to repair my vehicle with had a defective gasket but he let me know he could still make it work. Mr. Lee found another problem and repaired it at no charge. He was thorough in his work and took his time to make sure it was done right. Thank you, Mr. Lee. I highly recommend his service.
Joseph was great to work with. He was prompt, very knowledgeable, and explained all of the services.

Pete

14 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
14 years of experience
Pete is an excellent mechanic and a great guy. He went out of his way to get the job completed under pressure and under the scorching hot sun. He's my guy from now on!
Awesome mechanic! Stellar professional and knowledgeable. You want the best San Diego has to offer? Book Pete!!

Patrick

31 years of experience
1032 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
on time and satisfied with the job.

Amor

41 years of experience
181 reviews
Amor
41 years of experience

Jonathan

20 years of experience
304 reviews
Jonathan
20 years of experience
Kind of skeptical about this kind of auto service. Rolled the dice, but totally worth it. Skepticism unrealistic. Will have my wife's timing belt on Subaru replaced soon. Thanks alot. Very convienent.

Jeffrey

25 years of experience
833 reviews
Jeffrey
25 years of experience
Arrived early and was very polite, answered all of my questions, and worked quickly and efficiently.

Brandon

16 years of experience
269 reviews
Brandon
16 years of experience
Brandon was very knowledgeable, friendly and really knows his stuff.

Chris

20 years of experience
1593 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Finished hard job an hour early. Nice work.

Tung

14 years of experience
277 reviews
Tung
14 years of experience
Tung was very professional from start to finish. 10 stars if I could.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Reading?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2007 Kia Spectra $577 $216.66 $359.95 17% $700.41
2011 Chevrolet Cruze $679 $439.22 $239.97 10% $761.72
2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 $647 $439.22 $207.97 9% $718.72
2005 Lexus GS300 $731 $290.73 $439.94 17% $881.98
2008 Lexus GX470 $694 $358.52 $335.95 14% $810.02

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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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