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Timing Belt Replacement

How much does a timing belt replacement cost?

The average timing belt replacement cost starts around the $550 mark and can increase to over $1300, depending on the vehicle and engine type.

Timing belts wear out over time and are required to be replaced at certain manufacturer intervals, along with the timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys the belt runs on.

What is a timing belt?

The timing belt controls the synchronisation of the camshaft/s and crankshaft inside the engine, allowing the engine valves to open and close at the correct time while the engine is running.

Timing belts are made up of a composite rubber construction with nylon reinforced cords to provide a longer belt life. It is usually located behind a protective plastic cover on the front of the engine.

What are the signs of a bad timing belt?

  • Abnormal noises from the engine bay

  • Trouble starting the engine

  • The engine light is on

  • Decreased engine power

How is a timing belt replacement carried out?

  1. When a timing belt requires replacing, our mechanics will access the timing belt covers and start by removing any accessories attached. 

  2. Next, they will clean the covers and proceed to remove the timing belt, tensioner, and idler pulleys. Additionally, the water pump will be inspected for any signs of wear and replaced if necessary (additional charges may apply). 

  3. If needed, replace the timing belt, tensioner, and idler pulleys Reinstall all the previously removed components. 

  4. Finally, they will run the engine to verify proper operation, and refill and purge the cooling system if required.

When should a timing belt be replaced?

Manufacturers typically suggest specific intervals for replacing timing belts. However, the timing belt replacement schedule should also consider your vehicle's age and mileage.

In general, it is advisable to change timing belts every 5 years or after covering 100,000 kilometres. Some vehicles are equipped with a timing chain, these vehicles do not require any form of replacement unless an issue is present.

Why is replacing the timing belt important?

If it is not replaced at the manufacturer's specified recommendations, it can slip, stretch or break – causing major engine damage, and may leave you stranded with a massive repair bill

Even if you are not travelling the recommended distance, the timing belt, tensioner and idlers still need to be changed when the manufacturer recommends, as the belt and other components can fail due to perishing over time.

If you suspect your timing belt needs to be replaced, you can get a free quote online from our network of mechanics today!