Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in San Bruno.

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Number of Reviews

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Theodore

Theodore

13 years of experience
814 reviews
Theodore
13 years of experience
Theo was on time. He was very courteous and didn't mind me asking questions from time to time. I felt we had a good rapport. He did a great job of explaining everything to me and pointed out some things to me about the car as well. Says my car should last another 10 years at least..
Theodore was great. He is meticulous, he shared a lot of knowledge with me, he stayed until the job was done, he was prompt, he cleaned up the work area well afterward. He even gave me some tips for DIY work I was doing on the car. And when some billing issues arose, he helped resolve them. I thought it went very well.
Eugenio

Eugenio

23 years of experience
133 reviews
Eugenio
23 years of experience
He was on time and the work was great. He also explained to me what was done and all the problems he encountered. Would recommend him to everyone.
I initially had Eugenio coming to my apartment complex to complete a timing belt service. When Eugenio arrived, we discovered his truck would not fit in the underground garage! Eugenio tried to arrange a different location to perform the service but we were unable to secure a secondary location. I rescheduled the appointment two weeks later with Eugenio at a friend's house. The service was prompt and Eugenio provided a wealth of information (and pictures!) on what was done and what was needed. Seriously, an -awesome- experience!! But YourMechanic should be aware of Mechanic Truck size in the city and servicing apartment areas.
Grzegorz

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
knowledgeable
David

David

19 years of experience
182 reviews
David
19 years of experience
David was great. He arrived on time (closer to 9am than to 10am), worked like mad until late afternoon, showed me the parts that were removed including the timing belt and water pump, and offer me other auto repair services in the future.
Jay

Jay

34 years of experience
566 reviews
Jay
34 years of experience
He was awesome and fixed a bent engine brace.
Charles

Charles

31 years of experience
227 reviews
Charles
31 years of experience
Courteous, knowledgeable, personable, a great individual, and a great mechanic. He will be my go to for auto repairs from now on. I greatly appreciate his work.
Diego

Diego

18 years of experience
207 reviews
Diego
18 years of experience
Showed up on time (earlier than expected). Did the job in timely manner. Cleaned up after himself. Was courtesy, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Whitney

Whitney

36 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
36 years of experience
Whitney is the man! Having had some REALLY bad mechanics in the past, I try to do as much work on my truck myself as possible, but I knew I was going to need help with the timing belt. I just wasn't comfortable setting the timing myself without any supervision. Originally, I wanted to find someone to supervise my work so that I wouldn't do it wrong, obviously I couldn't find anyone to do that since I hired Whitney to do it. He was awesome though, knowing how much I wanted to do it myself, He talked me through everything he did and let me watch and ask as many questions as I wanted... which was a lot! He even let me pick his brain about other parts of my truck that had nothing to do with what he was working on. All of my family lives in a another state so it was really nice to have someone I felt comfortable with and who knew what they were doing to help me. I would 100% recommend Whitney to anyone! Great guy and great service!
Chris

Chris

20 years of experience
1441 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Chris was very personable, on time and having the work done at home was very convenient.
Derek

Derek

20 years of experience
71 reviews
Derek
20 years of experience
Derek was absolutely great! He was early and finished the work in a timely fashion. He explained everything he was doing along the way, invited me to hang out with him while he did the repair and answered all of the questions/concerns I had unrelated to the part he was fixing. Any questions I had were addressed I learned more in 30 minutes talking with Derek than I ever have from shops I've taken my cars to before. I would highly recommend using him for any/all of your automotive needs. Will definitely use this service and ask for Derek for any future repairs. Thanks!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in San Bruno?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Volvo XC90 $499 $283.51 $215.97 12% $573.76
2006 Volvo S60 $523 $283.51 $239.97 13% $606.01
2006 Volkswagen Jetta $833 $368.89 $463.94 16% $992.39
2012 Audi A3 $807 $487.46 $319.96 11% $917.46
2007 Lexus RX400h $737 $256.77 $479.94 18% $901.77

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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.

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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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