Do you notice that your car is beginning to show signs of wear and tear though the parts seem to be working just fine? Then one fine day, the car dies on you and your mechanic advises you to change the timing belt. With regular maintenance, this could have been avoided. So, what is a timing belt and how much would a replacement cost for the same?
A timing belt is the only mechanism that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft of your vehicle in sync. Made of cogged reinforced rubber, the belt should be changed typically after every 60000 miles. This keeps the belt replacement cost low and in order.
A timing belt replacement may only take a few minutes but it may take you longer to scour through the hordes of wires and tubes before getting to the belt. You need to be very careful when changing the belt so it may be best to seek the help of a mechanic to ensure you do not mess up the car mechanisms. If the belt is loose, a tooth or even more may be skipped on the cam gear. This would reduce the engine performance of your car.
A timing belt replacement may typically cost anywhere between $250 and $750 depending on how much work is required to change the belt. Where there is a low cost of living, this replacement cost may be low due to low labour costs. Additional costs may be incurred during the process because sometimes, other types of maintenance work may be required when changing the belt. For instance, the mechanic may advise changing the water pump alongside the timing belt. So, your costs will inevitably vary according to time taken to replace the belt as well as if other maintenance work is required for the car. When looking to replace the belt, look for a reliable mechanic and maintain your car regularly henceforth.