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Of all the complex technical terms a car mechanic can use to discuss potentially expensive repairs to your VW's engine, one of the most confusing is the 'timing belt'. To the logical mind, the image of a belt is the one around your waist or in your closet, and definitely not inside your cars engine. Nevertheless, a timing belt is essential to the running of the entire engine, and every bit as indispensable as a good leather belt is to a business suit or a saggy pair of pants!
How much does Timing Belt Replacement cost? How often does the timing belt need to be replaced? It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics 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.
Make sure you also purchase gaskets and gasket adhesives required for reassembly. Your parts supplier should be able to tell you what you will need. Timing belt kits are also available that include replacement gaskets and other necessary materials to complete the job.
Follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer and replace the timing belt as recommended. The timing belt drives the water pump in 60% of the cars. The labor cost of replacing the water pump is significantly higher than the cost of the pump. While replacing the timing belt, it is cost effective to replace the water pump. We highly recommend replacing the timing belt pulleys and tensioners. The tensioner applies pressure to the timing belt keeping it tight, while the pulleys keep the timing belt in line. These components are sealed units that contain bearings (they cannot be lubricated on a regular basis). The bearings wear out over time and may seize, causing the timing belt to come off, which can cause major internal engine damage.
Abnormal squeaking coming from the timing cover area.
If the timing belt breaks, the car will not start.
How important is this service?
Ignoring the replacement of a Timing Belt Company as a part of scheduled maintenance, could result in major engine failure down the road. You should not wait for your timing belt to break, it must be serviced regularly.