Timing Belt Replacement

Timing Belt Replacement Guide

Timing Belts starting as low as:

• Install new timing belt
• Inspect accessory belts
• Check and adjust timing (if applicable)
• Inspect water pump
• Inspect camshaft seals
• Inspect crankshaft seals
• Inspect tensioners & idlers
• Road test
*Price shown is for a typical four cylinder American & Import car or light truck. Price for your vehicle may vary. Call for details.


What is a timing belt?
Timing belts have replaced timing chains on many of today's engines. Both belts and chains ensure that crankshaft, pistons, and valves operate together in proper sequence. Belts are lighter, quieter, and more efficient than chains.

When should belts be replaced?
When a timing belt breaks, the engine stops. Replace belts before this occurs. Most manufacturers provide a suggested service life and replacement schedule for this critical component.

How do I know if my car has one?
Your vehicle manual may tell you, but you should ask your technician—he will know for sure.

What is a free-running engine?
If the timing belt breaks on a free-running engine, the engine stops and you will need a tow to the repair shop. No mechanical damage occurs, and the installation of a new belt is usually all that is needed to get you on your way.

What is an interference engine?
If the timing belt breaks on an interference engine, mechanical engine damage occurs. It most commonly involves open valves being struck by pistons, resulting in the need of expensive repairs. In extreme cases, a replacement engine may be required. Don't let this happen to you!

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