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Replacing a Timing Belt Cost


How Much Does Replacing a Timing Belt Cost?

 
low costDIY Kit: $100-$800+average costProfessional Replacement: $150-$1,000+ (Belt Only)high costProfessional Replacement: $300-$1,600+ (Package)
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An automotive timing belt connects the crankshaft at the bottom of the engine with the camshafts at the top of the cylinder head, ensuring that everything moves at the same time. If the timing belt fails the engine will stop, and in some vehicles the lack of a functioning timing belt can cause expensive engine damage. Autozone provides a video overview[1] .

Typical costs:

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What should be included:
  • The timing belt is located behind a protective shield, making it difficult to inspect, and it does slowly wear out. Vehicle manufacturers typically recommend replacing it every 60,000-105,000 miles, or after six to seven years. The vehicle's manual will include a recommended service schedule listing when the timing belt (and related hardware, like the water pump) should be replaced. If the vehicle's manual isn't available, a mechanic can look up the information, or instructions for a replacement manual will be available on the manufacturer's website.
  • Addison Auto Repair and Body Shop in Denver, CO, has a video illustration[2] of replacing a timing belt on a Toyota Camry, and AutoMD.com lists the general steps for replacing a timing belt[3] , rating this as a hard project and estimating it takes an average of 5.6 hours.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA members[4] .
  • CostHelper readers report paying a total of $350-$725 to the parts themselves and then hire a local shop or mechanic to do the work, with an average cost of $508.
Shopping for replacing a timing belt:
  • In deciding whether to replace a timing belt (and possibly related hardware) as preventive maintenance, it's important to know if the vehicle has an interference engine, which means a broken timing belt can cause catastrophic engine damage. The Car Scope repair shop in Chesapeake, VA has a list of engines by manufacturer[5] , indicating which are interference engines.
  • Search for local repair shops through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[6] or the International Automotive Technicians Network[7] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[8] .
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Timing Belt Kit
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: OZ in Lake forest, CA.Posted: May 27th, 2014 09:05AM
Hours of Labor: 5Shop: Midas
Need to replace timing belt just to see if engin is ok! If engin is not ok then it's another $2,100 to fix that!!!!
Mind you the car is 8 years old with 250k miles
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Timing belt replacement
Amount: $780.00
Posted by: Marlon in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: July 21st, 2013 01:07PM
Car Make: Acura 2006Car Model: MDX
Hours of Labor: 8Shop: Emil tire
replaced Water pump, timing belt, serpentine belt, tensioner, idle pulley, hydraulic tensioners
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timing belt
Amount: $1,135.00
Posted by: tobey in LA, CA.Posted: June 2nd, 2013 11:06AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Passport 1997
My car stalled & it took 2 days to fix.
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timing belt replacement with valve bent-machined shop
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: matt daniels in san bruno, CA.Posted: February 27th, 2013 09:02AM
Car Make: 2003Car Model: mitsubishi outlander
it took 3 days to finish maybe because of FIFO basis
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Timing Belt etc.
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: MickeyC in Concord, CA.Posted: February 12th, 2013 04:02PM
Hours of Labor: 7Shop:
Water pump, timing belt, serpentine belt, tensioner, idle pulley, coolant, hydraulic tensioners, major tune up, iridium spark plugs x6. For a 2006 Honda Accord V6 Hybrid
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dodge neon timing belt
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: a user in san diego, CA.Posted: February 5th, 2013 09:02PM
Hours of Labor: 8hrsShop:
Timing belt , tensioner,water pump, upper and lower motor mounts,belts and coolant. If anybody does it for less,,,,,,,,,,well u get what u pay for
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Timing Belt
Amount: $179.00
Posted by: Merc Topaz in Scranton, PA.Posted: December 10th, 2012 02:12PM
Car Make: 1989 FordCar Model: Escort
Car had 54k miles, stalled coming off the highway and wouldn't start again. Belt was $33, rest was labor and tax.
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Timing Belt Replacement Package
Amount: $878.00
Posted by: Happy Honda Driver in Santa Monica, CA.Posted: December 7th, 2012 11:12AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Package included replacement of Timing Belt, Water Pump, Crankshaft seal, Camshaft seal, Valve Cover Gasket Set, Multi Rib Belt, Coolant. My car was almost at 100,000 miles. I called around for quotes and this was the average price. If it's any less they probably aren't doing a good job, or aren't replacing all of the parts that they should be (which will break down eventually and you will be paying for the labor all over again)
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Timing Belt Replacement
Amount: $975.00
Posted by: zxfzsdaf in Carlsbad, CA.Posted: November 1st, 2012 06:11PM
Car Make: 2006 HondaCar Model: Accord V6
Hours of Labor: NoneShop:
Quote from Hoehn Honda in Carlsbad...And they wanted to tack on another $418 for a water pump change + other checks & lubrications. Crack smokers.
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replace timing belt at 80,000 miles in 2003 hyundri
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: nick vericco in levittown, PA.Posted: August 1st, 2012 08:08AM
Car Make: hyundriCar Model: sonata
car had on it 18,000 miles in 3 years with an after market belt.when it broke,needs a new engine.
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Quotes
Amount: $1,570.00
Posted by: Frannie in Holiday, FL.Posted: July 25th, 2012 10:07AM
Car Make: toyota 2003Car Model: camry xle
Hours of Labor: quoteShop:
49,000mi timing belt kit-valve cover gaskets-power steering fluid flush
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Quote for Replacing Timing Belt
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: Chassika in Morristown, NJ.Posted: June 25th, 2012 04:06PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Sienna 2001
Hours of Labor: ?Shop:
This was just a quote I got in New Jersey.
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Timing Belt/Drive Belts + Labor
Amount: $780.00
Posted by: Car Know-Nothing in Vancouver, WA.Posted: May 25th, 2012 12:05PM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Spectra
Hours of Labor: At the shop for a day.Shop:
Car is having other issues (water gush sound, idling strangely/lurching in low gears) but of course they didn't happen for the shop. Due for 60K tune up, which Kia recommends timing belt replacement. So, ok I guess. Wish I had some car expert friends though!
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Timing belt/ water pump- with Labor
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: Carollee in La porte, TX.Posted: May 17th, 2012 09:05AM
Car Make: 2002 Chrysler Van2.4Car Model: 2002-4 cylinder.. 2.4
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Timing belt and water pump and labor max $450..rnMuch better if you buy good the parts your self and have a trusted mechanic put it in... Seriously anyone paying $700- and up is a total rip off.. You can find out your self by calling parts stores and quoting the parts and the labor before someone quotes that rip off price!!
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Timing belt/water pump
Amount: $725.00
Posted by: ScottWRX in New York, NY.Posted: May 15th, 2012 03:05PM
Car Make: SubaruCar Model: Impreza WRX
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
$425 for partsrn$300 for laborrnrnMechanic quoted me $1200 for parts/labor. I said screw that, bought the kit online, saved a bunch. Then went around to 5 garages and got quotes.
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timing belt, water pump,head gasket, antifreeze/coolant, oil, oil filter, resurface heads and repair valves, belt tensioner
Amount: $1,430.00
Posted by: Stunned in Raliegh, NC.Posted: April 13th, 2012 10:04AM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Stratus
Hours of Labor: 6dysShop:
I had purchased this car in 08 from a rental car dealership, it had 45341 miles. At the time of repair the miles were 110395, I had no idea of all this work needed to be done on a vehicle of any kind. I started not to do it but it is my only private trans. Just thank God that I had the money or I will have no ride.:)
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timing belt replacement
Amount: $1,137.00
Posted by: burkes in hinesville, GA.Posted: April 5th, 2012 07:04AM
Car Make: nissanCar Model: 300zx, 1990 GS
Hours of Labor: NOT SUREShop:
Water pump went out,"was hoping it was only a hose", but with my luck I knew it would not be that simple.Mechanic said I would need water pump,timing belt, timing belt tensioner,new hoses, price initially quoted as 834.27, with addition of hoses(informed of need next day)additional 344.00 in parts no increase for labor... how nice.
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Timing belt and water pump
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Sean Quinn in St, Louis, MO.Posted: March 15th, 2012 07:03AM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: villager
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Prices at independent mecahnics ranged from 450 to 700 for just belt. I had an independent mechanic (ASE certified) do it and add water pump for 500.00
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Timing belt
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Brendan in Flemington, NJ.Posted: February 7th, 2012 11:02AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic
After some shopping in my area and getting quotes for $800+ I was about to do it myself, then I called one last garage that I had forgot about and got a quote of $400. So I will let them do it. Also had a quote from a honda dealership for $389.
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Timing belt, water pump, idler pulley, tensioner & water pump
Amount: $1,188.00
Posted by: Happy Camry Owner, NY in Washington DC, DC.Posted: November 30th, 2011 07:11AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: 1994 Camry, 290,000 miles
Hours of Labor: 10Shop:
Water pump, Timing Belt, Tensioner, all Acces. drive belts(water pump, power steering pump and anlternator), flush cooling system, 6 platinum spark plugs and valve cover gasket set and valve adjustment. Everything Toyota parts
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Timing belt and water pump 105K miles package
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: Hewi in alhambra, CA.Posted: October 18th, 2011 11:10AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Odyssey
Hours of Labor: 5Shop:
water pump, timing belt, platinum spark plugs, drive belt, coolant/anti-freeze , valve adjustment.... and I used 20% off coupon
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Timing Belt, water pump, tensioner
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: dkallen@yahoo.com in Chesapeake, VA.Posted: October 10th, 2011 04:10PM
Car Make: VWCar Model: Jetta
Hours of Labor: 5Shop:
Replaced timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and coolant flush.
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Honda 4 Cyl Timing Belt
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: EJN in Weston, FL.Posted: August 22nd, 2011 07:08PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: CRV 1999 EX
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2003 Lexus RX300
Amount: $975.00
Posted by: Happy Lexus Owner in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: July 25th, 2011 02:07AM
Car Make: LexusCar Model: RX300
Timing belt, Water pump, Assy belts and bulbs for DRS. Tri-County Toyota. FYI, a tune up at a Lexus Dealer is close to $900 and no major work is done. This was a bargain.
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2006 Honda Accord V6
Amount: $1,150.00
Posted by: JeffLA in Cerritos, CA.Posted: July 5th, 2011 05:07PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord
Timing belt, drive belt, water pump, tensioner, 3 oil seals, coolant for timing belt replacement, 6 platinum spark plugs, and oil change. Performed at a Honda dealer.
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2001 Honda Cr-V Timing belt
Amount: $783.00
Posted by: jbw in Des Moines, IA.Posted: July 2nd, 2011 12:07PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: CR-V
Hours of Labor: 5.0Shop:
Timing Belt, Tensioner, Waterpump, All Acces.
drive belts, 2 gallons coolant, 4 sparkplugs and
valve cover gasket set and valve adjustment.
Not a bad price for a dealer!
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Timing Belt Replacement
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: a user in Wasau, NE.Posted: June 2nd, 2011 07:06PM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Neon
Hours of Labor: UnknownShop:
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2007 Hyundai Elantra timing belt replacement
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: swaveyman in Worthington, PA.Posted: May 31st, 2011 07:05AM
Car Make: 2007 HyundaiCar Model: Elantra SE
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
I purchased my Elantra new in 2007. When I hit 105,000 miles two weeks ago I decided to replace
the timing belt. I purchased a kit that included a belt, idler and tensioner. I also purchased a new water pump and new belts for the AC and alternator/water pump. The old timing belt did not look too bad but the tensioner pulley had a groove warn in it. No special tools require but you need a impact hammer to remove the crank pulley bolt. It has right hand threads. I think the Hyundai engineers did a good job when they designed the engine and engine compartment.
When it hits 210,000 miles I will do it again..
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timing belt
Amount: $440.00
Posted by: a user in st.Brieux, Other.Posted: May 7th, 2011 03:05PM
Car Make: chevyCar Model: optra
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Canada 80$ labour hour + 85$ belt
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Timing belt, idler pulley, tensioner & water pump
Amount: $166.00
Posted by: Johnny B in Coopersburg, PA.Posted: May 4th, 2011 07:05PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Oddysey
Hours of Labor: 8Shop:
Replaced with timing kit purchased through NAPA - received discount on parts - normally $269.
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Timing and balance shaft belt
Amount: $598.00
Posted by: ucmom in union city, CA.Posted: April 14th, 2011 03:04PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: accord
Hours of Labor: 1 DayShop:
Replace Timing Belt and Balance Shaft belt + Oil Filter
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Timing belt, water pump
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: Bad Timing ( BELT!!!! in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: April 11th, 2011 05:04AM
Car Make: 2002 PT cruiserCar Model: Chrysler
Hours of Labor: 8Shop:
So far on hold in Mechanics garage. Yes I did not know these parts existed. Dealer will get repaired but at higher cost they did not give gaurantee. Will post progress later
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Timing Chain
Amount: $950.10
Posted by: Tezz in Palmyra, NJ.Posted: March 22nd, 2011 03:03PM
Car Make: 2002 ChevroletCar Model: Cavalier
Hours of Labor: 2 daysShop:
Replaced timing chain, tensioner, spark plugs, cleaned throttle body as well as oil + oil filter.
Parts totaled 250.15 while labor was 637.79. Tax was 62.16.
Car is now leaking oil.
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Timing Belt, etc
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Princess in Blackfoot, ID.Posted: March 21st, 2011 10:03PM
Car Make: VolkswagenCar Model: Jetta
Hours of Labor: 3Shop:
I paid 300 for a timing belt, water pump, and a seal. '96 Jetta.
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