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Duane

25 years of experience
491 reviews
Duane
25 years of experience
He’s great and I will use as much as possible with al my cars.
Good experience. Went right to work and solved my timing belt problems ahead of schedule. Answered all my questions.

Chris

22 years of experience
2174 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
knocked it out very fast and helped make me feel safe to drive it.
Excellent Service!

Jerome

24 years of experience
415 reviews
Jerome
24 years of experience
Jerome did a great job on my honda - I will be calling on him for more repairs and telling my friends about him.
Great job. Made it look so easy.

Theodore

16 years of experience
1533 reviews
Theodore
16 years of experience
Five stars for another timing belt job - this time on my Tacoma. Theodore pointed out some other areas that might need attention, which was much appreciated. He is knowledgeable and honest - I will definitively use him again in the future.
Fast!

Victor

35 years of experience
215 reviews
Victor
35 years of experience
He was very professional and friendly. Thank you for your time.

Joe

23 years of experience
85 reviews
Joe
23 years of experience
Joe is very courteous and prompt. He knows what he is doing, and is very confident in his ability to repair your car. I would gladly have Joe work on my vehicle in the future.

Joel

21 years of experience
987 reviews
Joel
21 years of experience
On time, on point, very knowledgeable. Great personality! I really enjoyed my experience!!!

Dennys

30 years of experience
22 reviews
Dennys
30 years of experience
Very friendly a excellent mechanic thank you for the great job.

James

42 years of experience
8 reviews
James
42 years of experience
Top notch changed my timing belt on my car explained everything about the job was very professional, will use his service again .

Phil

30 years of experience
48 reviews
Phil
30 years of experience
Phil is an excellent mechanic. He took his time and informed me of every steps of his progress. I would highly recommend him.


How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost in Vista?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Subaru Impreza $606 $366.32 $239.97 11% $688.82
2006 Hyundai Tucson $772 $331.81 $439.94 16% $923.06
2011 Subaru Impreza $606 $366.32 $239.97 11% $688.82
2008 Acura TL $729 $337.15 $391.95 15% $863.90
2011 Acura ZDX $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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