The average cost to replace a timing belt depends on the year, make and model of your vehicle. While the phrase "timing belt" often frightens vehicle owners, keep in mind that it's much better to pay for this bit of routine maintenance than it is to spend thousands of dollars replacing your engine because the timing belt failed.
Timing Belt Repair Costs
Some vehicles, such as single-overhead cam 4-cylinders, may run as little as $300.00, depending on how tough it is to get at the timing belt and the hourly labor rate for your mechanic.
Double-overhead cam vehicles with two cams in each head may cost upwards of $900.00 to replace the timing belt. There are also double-overhead cam engines with just one cam per cylinder head. These are usually somewhat cheaper to replace than belts in engines with four cams.
Labor may be as little as two hours or stretch to eight hours, depending on the complexity of the job. Generally, the single-overhead cam four-cylinder engines are the easiest to replace.
The cost of the timing belt also figures into the price. Timing belts range in price, depending on your location and what your vehicle needs. A timing belt on an eight-cylinder vehicle is longer and usually more expensive than a timing belt on a four-cylinder vehicle. Some timing belts are only available from the dealer, so you may need to go to your dealer for service.
Belts alone can run from $15 to $75. Most belts are sold as part of a replacement kit. This can cost as little as $25 for a car with a single belt to around $125 for a car with two belts.
In most cases, the dealer is more expensive than a local shop, but always check prices at the dealer and at least three different auto shops. You'll sometimes get a better deal by buying a timing belt directly from your dealer. This happens when the dealer is the exclusive supplier; auto parts stores that carry the belt buy them from the dealer and then mark up the price.