A Timing Cover Replacement cost in Cerritos in 2023

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A Timing Cover Replacement

What is a timing cover and how does it work?

Your engine has a lot of moving parts inside. In order for all of those parts to move in concert with one another, they need to be synchronized. Like a conductor directing the instruments in an orchestra, the timing belt (or timing chain in some engines) synchronizes the movement of the crankshaft, camshaft(s), valves and more to make sure that each part is where it belongs at any given moment when your engine is running.

The timing components - timing belt or chain, pulleys or sprockets, tensioners, and the like - are located at the front of an engine. The timing cover essentially serves as the front panel of the engine and protects those timing components from dirt and debris. In the case of an engine with a timing chain (rather than a belt), the cover also seals in the engine oil that keeps the timing chain lubricated.


How do I know if my vehicle needs a new timing cover?

Signs that a timing cover needs to be replaced are usually related to a failed gasket or seal that allows dirt to get to the timing components or allows oil to leak out. It is possible that a timing cover could become damaged, cracked or warped, but those instances are uncommon. Still, a timing cover needs to be replaced occasionally, and it might need replacement if you notice any of the following:

Oil is leaking from the front of your engine (the right side of the engine compartment on a vehicle with front-wheel drive)

The oil level in the engine keeps coming up low

Your engine runs roughly or misfires (due to timing issues stemming from contaminated or worn timing components)

Your low oil light comes on

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How does a technician perform A Timing Cover Replacement ?

The procedure to replace a timing cover can differ from one vehicle to the next for a number of reasons, including whether the engine features a timing belt or a timing chain, or whether the engine is front-facing or transverse (as is the case with most front-wheel-drive vehicles). The service is also fairly involved, since a significant amount of labor is required to remove all of the necessary components for access.

In general, a technician will need to lift and support your vehicle in the air, remove shields, guards, covers, ducts, and the serpentine drive belt. The radiator might also need to be removed, depending on the orientation of your engine.

With those items out of the way, the technician will:

  • Remove the water pump (on some models)
  • Detach the drive pulley on the crankshaft
  • Remove any engine accessories (AC compressor, alternator, power steering pump, etc.) that are in the way of the timing cover
  • Remove the valve cover(s) (on some models)
  • Unbolt and remove the timing cover from the front of the engine, taking care to avoid damage to the mating surface on the engine while breaking its seal
  • Note the condition of the timing components - belt/chain, pulleys/sprockets, tensioners, etc.
  • Replace any timing components as needed (and/or the water pump if it is driven by the timing belt/chain)
  • Clean the mating surface on the engine and prep for new gasket/sealant
  • Install new gasket or apply fresh sealant
  • Install new timing cover and torque fasteners to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Reinstall all engine components and other parts that were removed for access
  • Install new engine coolant and bleed the system of air
  • Top off the engine oil It is advised that timing components (and possibly the water pump) be replaced at the same time as the timing cover, since replacement of those items require many of the same steps as timing cover replacement.


Is a timing cover leak serious?
There are several reasons that a leak coming from the timing cover could cause serious problems. Any oil leak is a problem for your engine. But, besides the fact that your engine is losing oil, that oil leaking from the timing cover can contaminate the serpentine drive belt and lead to issues with the power steering, AC, electrical system, and more. It can even leave you stranded. Oil leaking from the timing cover can also cause premature wear to the timing chain and other timing components. In the case of a timing belt, while there is no oil to leak from the area, dirt and debris can get into the front of your engine and degrade the belt and other parts.
What happens if you don't fix a timing cover leak?
Vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing your timing belt or chain somewhere between 60K and 120K miles, depending on the vehicle make and model. Failure to do so, at the least, can cause your engine to stall unexpectedly, and, in the worst case, cause catastrophic engine failure. If your timing cover is leaking, the belt or chain could fail prematurely, before you have had the chance to replace it at the recommended interval.
Can you drive with a broken timing cover?
Since the results of a broken timing belt or timing chain can be catastrophic for your engine (or at least cause your engine to stall unexpectedly), it can be dangerous to drive with a broken timing cover. Problems with timing components can cause your engine to run roughly, misfire, stall, or fail to start. A belt or chain that breaks while the engine is running can also - on some engines - allow the valves and pistons to collide violently, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs.

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