Timing belt replacements are the most common repair requested during December and January, with a 36% increase compared to the monthly average.
We’ll spare you the technical details of how timing belts work (hint: your engine could be seriously damaged if it snaps), but basically, it controls the opening and closing of your engine valves.
Timing chains were also a common repair, coming in at number 13 on our list with a 48% increase during December and January.
How much is a timing belt replacement?
Timing belts can cost $500 on average to replace, with costs reaching $1,000 and beyond depending on the type of engine and your specific make and model.
The average cost of a timing chain replacement also starts at $500 and goes up to $1,500+ depending on the car.