Timing Belt Replacement

Each customer at A&H Automotive is our top priority, because when you’re car, truck or SUV isn’t running right, you need an automotive team you can trust and we are that team. Our automotive technicians and customer service team member’s number one goal is to ensure you have a great experience and come back to us for future service and repair work. At A & H, you’re not a number, instead a member of our family. You could take your vehicle to anyone of the surrounding Honda, Toyota or Subaru dealerships for your maintenance and repairs, but you came to A & H, which means a lot to us! We are one of the few family owned and operated automotive repair shops in the local Delray area that has the same technology and capabilities of a franchise dealer.

Nothing is standard at A & H Automotive! Whether your vehicle needs a oil change, or factory recommended maintenance, we have you covered! You won’t come in for an oil change and wind up getting a new transmission…unless you really need it! Our technicians give honest advice, all without ever pressuring you into a service or repair you’re not comfortable with us performing. We inspect a detailed list of service items each time your vehicle is in for an oil change to make sure we catch things before they become bigger, more expensive problems. You would be surprised how many times these items get overlooked at your average auto shop, because of lack of experience or time. At A & H, we never cut corners and ensure we do things right the first time. Our entire team understands how important and valuable your time is and we do our very best to give you accurate turnaround times for your services issues. Below will outline our comprehensive preventive maintenance and factory vehicle checklist.

 

What is the Timing Belt?

A timing belt is a rubber belt that is located behind the drive belts in the engine compartment. Its primary function is to keep your engine’s crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s). This ensures proper timing of the engine valves.

 

Things To Consider When Changing Your Timing Belt.

When changing or having your timing belt change, it’s a good recommendation to also replace the water pump, pulleys and tensioner. The reason is… if you only replace the belt and the pulleys and tensioners should fail, it can cause valve or piston damage and could lead to really expensive repairs.

 

Our Recommendation:

As always, we follow the recommended factory maintenance provided by the manufacturer when replacing the timing belt!  In over half of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road the timing belt is what’s driving the water pump. With that being said, when it’s time to replace your vehicle’s timing belt, it is more cost effective to go ahead and have your water pump, pulleys and tensioners replaced as well, since the majority of the cost of repairs are wrapped up in labor. This also makes sense because water pumps, pulleys and bearing wear out overtime.

 

Common Warning Signs To Indicate You May Need To Replace Your Timing Belt

Squeaking or squealing noise coming from timing belt compartment.
If your vehicle won’t start.

 

How important is this service?

Ignoring or not following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and never replacing your  timing belt can lead to major engine failure. It’s good to have this essential component of your vehicle’s engine to be check out by an ASE certified automotive technician if you’re not sure. Regularly checking the condition of your vehicle’s timing belt is very important as you’ll save yourself money and a bunch of headaches if we catch it before there’s a problem.  To learn more about all of the other maintenance and repair services we offer at A & H Automotive visit our Services page