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Joshua

27 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
27 years of experience
Joshua was GREAT! He worked cleanly (first spreading a tarp and mat to catch any drips/drops), safely (jacking up the car and placing the front end on solid jack stands), and knew what he was doing. He ask several questions about the engine before starting to replace the timing belt. He came with all the possible parts he would need even though he didn't use all of them. Since we had a new water pump he gave us a credit for the one not used. He explained what he found and what caused the engine to not run correctly. The concept of Your Mechanic coming to our house to do the repairs saved us towing and repair costs, not to mention the free education I received as Joshua explained what he was doing and finding. He worked quickly and quietly and completed the repairs within the estimated time. He did a very complete cleanup of the car and work area before leaving. Recommend him and Your Mechanic - absolutely. We are hoping to have YourMechanic work on our other cars.
Very experienced and thorough

Robert

31 years of experience
609 reviews
Robert
31 years of experience
Robert is terrific!
Robert is simply the best mechanic you could ask for. He is very knowledgeable and committed to what he is doing. He goes above and beyond to make sure your car in the best shape possible. I could not ask for more.

Patrick

13 years of experience
13 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Patrick was late for the appointment due to some unforeseen problems. He was very nice and professional. It was a very difficult part to replace on my vehicle but he handled it with patience and composure. My son who lives in California recommended trying my mechanic out. I had never heard of the service and was very skeptical about trying it. Because of how good Patrick was, I am glad I tried it out. He also inspected other parts of my vehicle which was a good surprise. I would highly recommend Patrick to anyone and would ask for him anytime I need service. If Patrick is an example of your mechanics than you have a great service.

Chris

22 years of experience
1992 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
knocked it out very fast and helped make me feel safe to drive it.

Brett

10 years of experience
197 reviews
Brett
10 years of experience
I can't say enough about Brett and his knowledge and great attitude. He narrowly saved me from a broken timing belt and though it was not an easy job, he stuck to it and finished it with a smile on his face. I would highly highly recommend him to service anyones vehicle. Its rare to meet someone as honest and professional as Brett. Thanks again sir.

Alex

20 years of experience
62 reviews
Alex
20 years of experience
Alex was dedicated to finish service our car the same day even though he was on jury duty. Fantastic job. Would highly recommend.

Ben

41 years of experience
1215 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience

Paul

19 years of experience
244 reviews
Paul
19 years of experience
Great experience. Very professional and timely.

Rodney

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

Anderson

27 years of experience
88 reviews
Anderson
27 years of experience
Anderson arrived on time and with a great attitude. Very patient and answered all my questions, Great job fixing my old 1988 Chrysler Lebaron's timing belt and water pump.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Richmond?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Subaru Impreza $823 $519.30 $303.96 11% $927.80
2006 Dodge Charger $692 $308.38 $383.95 16% $824.38
2010 Chrysler 300 $640 $304.02 $335.95 15% $755.52
2006 Lexus GX470 $816 $376.09 $439.94 15% $967.34
2007 Acura MDX $641 $337.15 $303.96 14% $745.65

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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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