Timing Belt Replacement in Santa Cruz, CA
There are still millions of vehicles on the roads that are equipped with timing belts. Over time, the timing belt becomes brittle, and weakens with age, while oil leaks can further speed up timing belt deterioration. If the timing belt is not replaced at the right time, it can break, causing serious engine problems. Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz is a full-service auto repair shop and we offer timing belt replacement service.
Timing belt is a toothed belt made of reinforced rubber. When it brakes, more often than not, the belt itself does not break, but one of the teeth sheers off. However, serious engine damage can still occur. Engine valves will not be properly synchronized with the intake-compression-combustion-exhaust cycle. This lack of synchronization can cause sever engine damage.
Most car manufacturers have specific time interval/mileage recommendations for timing belt replacement. The general rule of thumb is that most timing belts should be replaced every 7 years or 60,000 - 100,000 miles (yes, different manufacturers have quite a range for recommended mileage.) When you bring your vehicle to Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz, we can look up the exact time and mileage interval for your vehicle. When we replace the timing belt, we also recommend water pump replacement at the same time - in order to replace the timing belt we have to disassemble parts that we would need to disassemble in order to replace the water pump - since that work is already done, it makes sense to use this opportunity put in a new water pump as well.
So if your car exhibits any symptoms that make you uncomfortable, or if it has been 7 years or 60,000 miles since that last timing belt replacement - call us at our Santa Cruz auto repair facility. You will be greeted by our friendly staff, and while our highly skilled technicians, certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will take great care of your vehicle. You can also expect:
- 24 months / 24,000 miles warranty
- In most cases, same day service
- ASE certified mechanics
- Written estimates
Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz is a family-owned and operated full-service auto repair facility. So if you are not sure if your vehicle has a timing belt or a timing chain ( which is advertised to last for the life of the car), call us - we will be happy to look up this information for your specific make, model and production year. If it turns out that your vehicle does need timing belt replacement, our nationally ASE-certified mechanics will treat your vehicle as if it were our own. Call us to make an appointment or request an appointment online, on our website.