What is the Timing Belt all about?
The timing belt is a rubber belt located in the engine compartment behind the drive belts. Its job is to keep the crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s), ensuring the proper timing and operation of the engine valves and therein, the engine.
How it’s done:
- Remove accessories needed to gain access to engine timing cover.
- Remove engine timing cover, inspect timing belt and pulleys for needed parts.
- Remove and replace timing belt, water pump, pulleys, and tensioners.
- Reinstall timing cover and all removed parts.
- Start engine and check for proper engine operation and engine timing, as well as for cooling system leaks.
The majority of the cost is labor, because many parts need to be removed from the engine to gain access to the belt. A typical timing belt will only cost between $50 to $150, but the repair takes at least a few hours. The labor cost to replace a timing belt can range from $895 – $1499. Timing belt replacement should be conducted by a professional mechanic as it is an advanced project that requires one to disassemble the engine to be able to remove the old belt.