Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Santee.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Joshua

25 years of experience
709 reviews
Joshua
25 years of experience
Josh arrived early and was so vigilant about making sure I had all the pertinent information about what he was doing to the car. I love this service!

Jay

35 years of experience
695 reviews
Jay
35 years of experience
did a great job.

Emmette

34 years of experience
282 reviews
Emmette
34 years of experience
Emmette was great! I purchased my own parts and he did a great job inventorying everything up front and letting me know what I needed. He took the time to show me where my water pump was starting to show signs of wear. I am very happy with the service he provided! I will definitely be a repeat customer.

Gregory

29 years of experience
233 reviews
Gregory
29 years of experience
Gregory's work was great. He came on a Sunday (very helpful for me) and got everything done when he said he would. I would highly recommend Gregory!

Joseph

22 years of experience
44 reviews
Joseph
22 years of experience
I was a little nervous about having a mechanic come to my home and work on my vehicle, but I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. Joseph Jock is a Rockstar Mechanic!! Arrived on time, replaced everything on the list and then some. The wrong part was accidentally ordered, but no problem for Mike and Andrea at yourmechanic.com. They resolved the issue without charging me more than quoted even though the part and labor was more expensive. Joseph drove over 60 miles roundtrip to pick up the right part and install it. YOU CAN TRUST YOURMECHANIC.COM!!

Michael

27 years of experience
23 reviews
Michael
27 years of experience
Wonderful and knowledgeable mechanic. We would highly recommend your services with Michael.

Matthew

31 years of experience
618 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
right on time! very friendly and knows his stuff. we will definitely keep Matthew on the list as the go to guy.

Adam

15 years of experience
124 reviews
Adam
15 years of experience
Adam is great.

David

26 years of experience
142 reviews
David
26 years of experience
timely, i went to work and he completed repair.

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Robert is fast, friendly, very experienced and highly skilled. And he tracked down parts for extra work that was needed in minutes. I was very impressed, and I am not impressed easily. Robert ROCKS!


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Santee?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Volkswagen Golf $807 $487.46 $319.96 11% $917.46
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser $822 $262.18 $559.93 18% $1014.68
2007 Volvo S40 $589 $324.99 $263.96 13% $679.74
2008 Audi A4 $801 $368.89 $431.94 15% $949.39
2004 Audi A6 Quattro $835 $330.94 $503.93 17% $1008.19

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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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