Get your timing belt checked before it goes critical!

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One component. All it takes is one busted component and suddenly your car won’t start. You roll into a mycar service centre and it turns out your timing belt has stopped synchronising the motion of your car’s camshaft and crankshaft, potentially doing expensive or irreparable damage to your engine.

Get ahead of this scenario and get your timing chain or belt checked the moment your car shows signs of hesitation when you turn the key. While timing belt issues are ordinarily detected with regular servicing - age can play a big part in scheduling a timing belt replacement - this rubber essential can stretch and fail between inspections, particularly if it’s been a while.

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Managing your timing belt cost is easy with mycar

mycar prides itself on being transparent about price, so once we’ve made our diagnosis, you’ll receive a detailed quote, highlighting what repairs are necessary and the price of any replacement parts. If you’re having trouble finding the money upfront, that’s okay, timing belt replacement can be unexpected and occasionally expensive. With this in mind, we’ve partnered with Zip Pay, helping everyday drivers handle repair costs in easy to pay installments without ringing the bank or calling in a favour.

Put the brakes on your next breakdown. Replace your timing belt today.

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When to schedule a timing belt change

If you’re wondering when to replace a timing belt - look no further. We recommend getting your timing belt assessed as part of a regular car maintenance schedule. If you notice any of the following signs or something feels wrong behind the wheel, do not hesitate to drop into mycar - timing belts can and do go critical without warning.

  • Is there a ticking noise coming from the engine?
  • Is there an oil leak from the front of the engine?
  • Is your car revving abnormally?
  • Is there a rotational sound from the front of your engine?

How much will a timing belt replacement cost?

The final timing belt cost really depends on the make and model of the car, but generally ranges from $500-$1000. This also depends on whether a full timing belt kit is replaced. Some of these kits include idler bearings, timing belt tensioner and oil seals.

Due to the type of work involved in removing the timing belt, the mechanic may suggest replacing some other aging parts while they are in there like the water pump, to save you money in the long run. If these parts are recommended to be replaced and they’re not replaced failure of the timing belt could occur.

It is important to note that if the timing belt replacement is due to it breaking instead of as part of scheduled maintenance, the cost of repair can be significantly higher, as a timing belt can cause major damage to an engine if it breaks.

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Everything you need to know about your timing belt

What is a timing belt?

A timing belt is a rubbery strap or band that synchronises the motion of an engine’s camshaft and crankshaft, this makes the valves open and close at the right time, during the cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. Some cars use a timing chain instead of a belt, which is a roller chain, and is generally more durable than a belt..

How long does a timing belt last?

Timing belt replacement is built into a car’s scheduled maintenance or logbook servicing. Unfortunately, there is no exact timings it depends on the make and model of the car, generally cars require a new timing belt between 40,000 and 150,000km.

Timing Chains and timing belts are different as chains don’t have scheduled replacement intervals. Timing chains are replaced on a need to do basis.

Sometimes at the same time as a timing belt replacement it is recommended to replace a drive belt. Drive Belts run the external components of the engine like alternators, air conditioning compressors and power steering pumps. These belts may be recommended to be replaced at time of timing belt replacement depending on condition.

How long does it take to replace a timing belt?

A timing belt generally takes about 1-4 hours to replace, this varies depending on the make and model of the vehicle. If you are getting the replacement done as part of a service, the total time of the service will depend on what else is required as part of the manufacturer recommendations.

How do I find a timing belt replacement and repairs near me?

With over 260 stores Australia-wide you’re sure to find a mycar store nearby for timing belt replacement. There are mycar stores located in major cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.

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