Shop around for timing belt replacement pricing in your area to ensure you are not being ripped off by a mechanic. If the average price of replacement in your area is $300 to $350, your mechanic should charge you a price within that range; if not, continue to shop around until you find a mechanic that you are both comfortable with and provides you a reasonable price for timing belt replacement.
The total timing belt change price will be determined by a number of factors. What tools you have and which ones you need to either buy or rent is one of the biggest factors in the total cost if you do it yourself. If you own none of the tools and you plan on doing the work, you can expect to pay as little as $50 if you shop around for the best prices. At most retail chain parts stores, the belt will cost between $20 and $40. With a set of complete instructions, preferably with pictures, someone with little to no experience can complete this project in an afternoon. For most cars, you will need nothing more than a set of sockets and a few wrenches. If you have a front wheel drive car, you may need a jack.
Some technicians are sceptical of specific manufacturers’ intervals, due to certain models experiencing timing belt failure prior to the interval being reached. Therefore, seek the advice and experience of a skilled technician.