Timing Belt Replacement at your home or office in Short Hills.

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YourMechanic Timing Belt Replacement Service

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Khoa

Khoa

17 years of experience
255 reviews
Khoa
17 years of experience
Did a good job with replacing my timing belt
He seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. Arrived in a timely matter and finished long before the estimated time.
Kenny

Kenny

25 years of experience
91 reviews
Kenny
25 years of experience
There's nothing more irritating than car problems, so when I find a good, honest mechanic, I stick with them. Well, today I took a chance and tried YourMechanic. Why? Because their price for changing my timing belt was substantially less than the dealer price and even beat the price quoted by my regular mechanic. The result? Awesome. Kenny was prompt and courteous and most importantly, he's an extremely skilled mechanic. I give YourMechanic and Kenny a double thumbs up!
Hi, the service is good and satisfactory, I will not hesitate to use your mechanic.com again. Pricing is fair.
Whitney

Whitney

36 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
36 years of experience
Friendly helpful and honest. Highly recommended.
Wonderful guy, very knowledgeable and honest and finished work by putting some extra work. Its difficult to find honest mechanics and Whitney is one of them. Very friendly. I'll use him again for future services.
Keith

Keith

23 years of experience
117 reviews
Keith
23 years of experience
Very professional and knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t waste anytime and gets the job done.
Really recommend his service to anyone else, needing auto services
Joseph

Joseph

30 years of experience
432 reviews
Joseph
30 years of experience
Joseph Lee did a great job. The tool he had didn't work to unscrew a bolt and went to the store to get a tool adapted to a very tight bolt in that case. He came back and finish the job. I really appreciate he went the extra mile to get the job done. Though, I realized when I drove my car that he didn't rotate the tires. I have a brand new wheel rim in the back and the other ones are rusty. The brand new one is still in the back.
Nice guy
Ian

Ian

12 years of experience
133 reviews
Ian
12 years of experience
Ian was on time and very professional. He also finished the work within the tie that was quoted!
I could not be more impressed. Very professional and knowledgeable. Great job.
Theodore

Theodore

14 years of experience
956 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Theodores changed the timing belt, serpentine belt, and thermostat of my 2007 VW GTI this Sunday. He arrived on time and spent about 7 hours on replacing the parts. He is a ver professional and experienced mechanic! I am definitely going to turn to him if my car needs any major part replacement in the future!
Theodore fixed the timing belt on my car. Infact I had previously booked him for front brake pads/rotor replacement a week earlier and as I was chatting with him about potential issues with my car (since it was over 100k+ miles), he mentioned that I should look into replacing my timing belt. I was surprised because none of the mechanics who had previously done oil changes had even mentioned that I will have to do this and I didn't even know I had a timing belt (I alwasy use forums to fix my car issues, after the fact something happens :). Anyhow, Theodore gave me the cheapest quote I could find. I scheduled him and it was a long exhausting repair, but he was done in 5 hours. The Ops Manager at work had some issues with him working in the parking lot, but Theodore found an alternate location to work on it and finish the task. This travelling mechanic resource is extremely helpful and it saves me the hassle of dropping off my car at a shop and figuring out transportation to-from work. And Theodore was awesome, he's extremely efficient, very honest (I have another issue with my car, which he gave me an honest opinion about), he's unlike the typical dealership mechanics who are only looking to make money and he is very accomodating. I will be using him again to fix the other issues with my car.
Kiri

Kiri

17 years of experience
364 reviews
Kiri
17 years of experience
Great service!
Robert

Robert

29 years of experience
179 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Robert arrived even earlier than scheduled time and started his work promptly and professionally. He finished his work on schedule without making any mess. He is friendly and knowledgable with his trade. I would recommend him highly to anybody.
Diego

Diego

18 years of experience
208 reviews
Diego
18 years of experience
I was a little hesitant to use an on line service for such an important job. But after book, Diego showed up and did the work requested. No problems were encounter. Thanks for a great job. I will definitely use Your Mechanic again.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Short Hills?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Subaru Legacy $593 $353.28 $239.97 12% $675.78
2013 Honda Accord $672 $311.82 $359.95 15% $795.57
2012 Subaru Outback $929 $528.94 $399.95 12% $1066.44
2010 Acura TL $680 $311.82 $367.95 15% $806.32
2007 Audi A3 $737 $368.89 $367.95 14% $863.39

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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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