Timing Belt or Chain Replacement in Sunrise

Timing Belt or Chain Replacement in Sunrise | Complete Auto Repair Shop


Your vehicle’s timing belt directs the top and bottom sections of your engine to operate in proper time with one another. Some manufacturers specify it should be replaced every five years or 60,000 miles, while others might let it go to 90,000 miles. In any case, timing belt replacement is necessary to avoid engine damage if the belt should break. Therefore you should get a timing belt replacement when your manufacturer calls for it, and you’ll want knowledge, experience, and honesty to complete this repair. AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC in Sunrise, is proud to be your one-stop shop for timing belt replacement. Since 2001, our ASE-Certified mechanics have handled a variety of makes, specializing in late American models and Asian imports.


Proper timing belt replacement will ensure your vehicle’s ongoing dependability amid higher mileage while reducing the risk of related failures. At the same time, we’re sure you’d like to be spending your money wisely on a timing belt replacement. Thanks to our proven skills here at AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC Sunrise FL, you’ll never have to visit an expensive dealership for the solutions to your timing belt needs. Our auto repair shop is here as your dealer alternative with integrity, equipped to provide everything you should expect in timing belt replacement.

Our professional technicians have replaced more timing chains, and timing belts than we can even remember. If your vehicle needs a new timing belt or timing chain, give Sunrise Auto Repairs a call or visit our auto repair shop at 7842 NW 44th St. Sunrise, FL 33351 to schedule an appointment!


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Symptoms Of A Failing Or Broken Timing Belt

We have compiled the most common symptoms of a failing or broken timing belt to help you recognize the signs and bring them to the attention of a licensed professional.


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1. You Hear Odd Noises Coming From The Engine

A failing timing belt can produce a well-known “ticking” noise that will emanate from your engine. This ticking noise can also be a sign of low oil pressure within your engine if you check your oil and your level is within a normal range, consult your mechanic to inspect your timing belt.

2. Your Check Engine Light Is On And Flashing

A flashing check engine light is a sign that your car has picked up on an issue within the engine, typically for a timing belt failure or issue these lights will signal a CAM shaft/crankshaft correlation code.

These codes can be diagnosed by a vehicle maintenance trained technician at Mr Service.

3. Your Car Starts Hard And Occasionally Misfires

If your timing belt is failing or worn out it can slip and cause the cylinders in your car’s engine to open and close out of sync. This can cause an engine misfire, which means you should replace your timing belt immediately.

4. You Notice A Loss Of Power And Your Car Runs Or Idles More Roughly Than Normal

Your timing belt is constructed with “teeth” that grip gears as it rotates your engines moving parts. If these teeth break or fall off, you will notice your car start to slip gears which can lead to failure and stalling of your engine.

Alternatively, your timing belt can “jump a tooth” causing your vehicle to suffer from loss of power. You will notice rough running conditions; including, odd idling and flashing check engine light.

What Should You Do If Your Vehicle Is Having Timing Belt Issues?

Generally, timing belts should be replaced every 60-80,000 miles. Check your car’s specific manual for service intervals.

If you have no record of your timing belt being replaced, you should have your belt inspected at 60,00 miles. Failure to maintain or replace your timing belt can result in catastrophic engine failure which can cost you thousands.

It is important to remember that preventative maintenance is a much cheaper job than mandatory maintenance. If you believe that your timing belt is failing or broken, get your timing belt inspected by an ASE certified mechanic who will be able to fully inspect and diagnose any issues.

Symptoms Of A Failing Timing Chain

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1. Engine misfires or runs poorly
There are two ways to achieve valve timing in a combustion engine. The first is the two-gear method, which includes the crankshaft to camshaft gear direct connection. This is the method used in most types of heavy equipment and big trucks. The timing chain method is more common with consumer vehicles and high-performance engines. Over a period of time, the timing chain can stretch, which can cause the chain to skip a gear on the cam or crankshaft. This causes the engine’s timing to fall out of calibration and often results in a misfire. The engine may also run poorly and lack accelerating power.

If this situation occurs, it’s likely the timing chain is damaged and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If the timing chain breaks, the loose metal rolling around inside the motor can lead to serious engine damage.

2. Metal shavings found in the oil

It’s recommended by all automotive manufacturers to change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Over time, oil begins to separate as it heats up and is exposed to natural solvents found in gasoline. If the timing chain begins to wear out, small metal pieces can break off the chain and find their way into the oil pan. When you have your oil changed, and the mechanic tells you there were small pieces of metal inside the oil as it drained or in the filter, it’s a good indication that your timing chain is beginning to fail.

Metal shavings are also commonly seen when there is extensive wear of cylinder head valves, keepers, retainers and other cylinder head hardware. It’s crucial to have a mechanic or technician inspect this issue and make the appropriate repairs as soon as possible.

3. Engine won’t start or fails

A broken timing chain will cause an engine to not start or fail while driving. If the belt is already broken, the engine won’t have enough compression to start. If it breaks or jumps while driving, the pistons will be damaged from contact with the valves. The valves themselves will bend and potentially ruin the engine. If the belt is jumping because it’s gotten loose, it can also flail around and damage other parts of the engine. If your engine won’t start or starts driving rough, indicating it may be on its way to failing, contact a certified mechanic for inspection and repairs.

4. Check Engine Light is on

The check engine light can illuminate for a variety of reasons, one of which could be a failing timing chain. A car’s computer will display warning lights that must be checked and scanned for trouble codes to determine the source of the issue. The check engine light may turn on when the onboard computer detects something wrong with the emissions system and engine operation. A stretched timing chain contributes to poor engine performance and increased emissions, triggering the check engine light and the storing of a diagnostic trouble code. A mechanic will need to inspect the code and prescribe the necessary repairs.

5. Engine rattles while idling

Unusual sounds are also a common warning sign of a problem inside your motor. Under normal conditions, the engine should have a consistent, smooth sound indicating everything is running as it should. However, when the timing chain is loose, it may cause a vibration inside the motor and that will produce a rattling noise as the engine idles. Anytime you hear a rattle it means something is loose and needs to be fixed before it breaks.

The timing chain is an integral part of any engine, and without it, your vehicle is rendered useless. If the timing chain breaks while you are driving, serious damage to your vehicle’s engine is probable. The best way to reduce the potential for serious engine damage is to have a professional mechanic replace your timing chain if you notice any of these warning signs listed above. By being proactive and alert, you can save thousands of dollars and significantly extend the life of your engine.

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FREE Timing Belt or Timing Chain Replacement Quote

Is it time to get your car’s timing belt replaced? AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC in sunrise makes the process easy, starting with our convenient online scheduling system. Use the tool on our website to book an appointment that fits your schedule and rest easy, knowing that your vehicle will soon get the professional care it needs. You can also call us at (954) 572-0001 to speak with one of our friendly staff members. They can help you book and answer any questions you might have. Maybe you want to handle your timing belt repair on your way home from work. We always welcome walk-in customers! Drop-in when you are in the area and cross off vehicle maintenance from your to-do list. Our team can handle everything your car needs all at once to save you time. Find us at 7842 NW 44th St. next to Piper High School in Lincoln Park Plaza 44th st. and University Blvd.. We look forward to seeing you!

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