Let’s address a very important maintenance item – timing belt replacement. Timing belt replacement is important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process as your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn, and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.
This may sound like a complicated process, but the timing belt is designed to make it all happen seamlessly. McCullough NAPA Auto Care stocks various timing belts and offers timing belt replacement near Buckhead, Georgia.
Schedule Timing Belt Replacement Service in Buckhead, GA
A typical timing belt replacement timeline is every 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. A faulty timing belt can have a directly negative impact on your engine. If your timing belt breaks while driving, your engine will stop working completely. The best way to avoid this is through preventative scheduled maintenance. Contact us below to learn more about timing belt replacement or preventative scheduled maintenance.
Signs You Need Timing Belt or Timing Chain Replacement
A bad timing belt may produce a ticking, rattling sound from the engine as the belt develops a looser fit against the engine. Misfiring or backfiring is also common with bad timing belts. Here are 5 signs that your timing belt or timing chain needs replacement.
- Ticking or rattling in the engine
- Engine misfires
- Visible wear and tear
- Engine won’t start
- Metal shavings in engine oil
Can a Broken Timing Belt or Chain Destroy My Engine?
The answer is tricky as it depends on what type of engine you have. Interference engines can easily be destroyed by a broken timing belt, whereas non-interference engines are unlikely to be damaged from a broken timing belt. However, even with a non-interference engine, you should still follow your vehicle’s recommended timing belt replacement cycle. Contact McCullough NAPA for your timing belt replacement service. We are located near Buckhead, Georgia.
I have used this company twice and was VERY impressed both times with the honesty, knowledge, and cost-effectiveness of the mechanics that I worked with. They were upfront with me on what I needed to do now vs what could wait, showed me where I could save money, and worked with me to make sure I had my car finished before I needed it that weekend. Again, very very impressed. I wouldn't take my car anywhere else in Atlanta.
September 10, 2020
They diagnosed and repaired my car in time for my trip. Car works great! Eric provides excellent customer service even when he's got a ton on his plate.
May 10, 2022
I would normally recommend this business as I have been here a few times. I went there Friday for an oil change. However, I honestly didn't feel safe. They have signs that customers must wear a mask. There was only one employee wearing a mask themselves. All the others didn't have a mask on. I feel this is disrespectful to their customers. I understand it can be uncomfortable but it is essential during these times.
January 11, 2021
The absolute best of the best. I won’t go to anyone else. I’ve been using them 16 years and I’ll use them for 16 more. Eric is a delight!
April 13, 2022
This has to be the best shop in town! When I got my car fixed the last time, It drove live new. I've never been so happy to get my car fixed in my life. They were very friendly and honest. This will be my go to place from now on. Not too far from my house which is a huge plus but even if it were, I'd be game to making the trip. Thanks for being honest and giving great service!
October 9, 2019
Graham is great. Kept me informed of my repairs and provided an accurate quote. Pleased with the results. Walked away feeling this place is trustworthy and does quality work. Found them through nextdoor app and now I see why they have such great reviews.
July 27, 2020
Eric at McCullough has been taking care of my family's [multiple] cars for over 10 years now. A Volkswagen, a Nissan, and 2 Acuras: They've done minor repairs all the way to major transmission replacements. Eric is trustworthy, honest, and tells you what really needs to be done versus what can wait. Their prices seem reasonable (although in fairness I haven't been anywhere else recently b/c I'm so pleased with them), they are timely, and always communicate what the car needs in detail. I can't recommend these guys enough!
September 19, 2019
Eric was amazingly helpful to work with. Great communication around the whole process. He was great about calling out things that could be done without being pushy about doing them. Would highly recommend!
February 27, 2021
Great price and service! More polite and patient set of people! Along with efficiency! Such a great experience overall
December 19, 2020
After recently moving to the area, I had a vehicle emergency where my transmission needed replacing. Graham immediately took me in and was SO kind, professional, and direct about the costs; one of their kind staff members even drove me home after my car was dropped for repair so that I did not have to call a car service. They were so patient with me and got my car back to me in one day completely fixed and ready to go! I will never use any other automotive repair shop in the area! ABSOLUTELY recommend without hesitation!
July 28, 2021
Great service! The entire team is so friendly and helpful. They were able to diagnose the issue and stayed with it until the problem was resolved.
August 2, 2021
My experience was surprisingly excellent. I was greeted immediately before I could actually get out my car. Eric was professional and friendly. Eric Followed up with me has promised. I really like that Eric shares real honest timing/wait expectations.
July 20, 2020
This place is a life saver. Great communication, great service, and very professional people. Eric worked with me through my whole repair. Kept me updated through out the process and fixed the problem on my car at a fair price. I will definitely make this my new place to go for all my car repairs and maintenance needs, along with sending my friends their way.
March 10, 2020
I found my new home for car repair. Eric was very nice and honest. We definitely be coming back! Thank you for the excellent customer service.
October 21, 2021
I may have written one other recommendation in my of 50 years, but after doing business with Eric McCullough for 35 of those years it is time to write another one. He maintained and serviced my auto's, my wife, kids and employees for 32 of those 35 years. He has stood behind the work on everything he and his employees have done. He operates his business with great honesty and integrity. I highly recommend doing business. with McCullough
May 4, 2021
Always extremely professional. Willing to work with customers. Sadly, car repair is expensive but they have worked with me. Graham has been extremely helpful with issues my daughter was having with her car while we were at another mechanic in the area. We asked on Nextdoor for recommendations and McCullough came up numerous times!
May 14, 2020
Able to fix issue with my 2011 truck other shops could not address- very hard to diagnose mechanical issue another reputable shops couldn’t figure out. Good prices, done on time, and with expert mechanics. Will have them work on all of my vehicles and highly recommended. Support a family owned business for a change!
February 23, 2021
I was so impressed with these guys!! Family business and the guys are professional, efficient, and personable. They got my part quickly and fit me in so I could come while my kids were at school. They went the extra mile (no pun intended) to consult with another auto body shop to make sure the repair was stable. I will be coming back for all future auto needs and will recommend them widely.
September 10, 2019
I have used McCullough Auto Care for more than10 years. I needed a reliable auto maintenance service because I commuted weekly to Birmingham. One of the nice things about these guys is they listen when I mention an issue with the car, go over their inspection results of my car and review my bill in detail. I have never been disappointed in their service or the cost of the service I received.
March 31, 2022
Graham was great and was up front about everything that needed to be done. My son's jeep went down on the Saturday before Memorial Day and they had him ready around 1pm that Thursday. Quick turn around in my eyes. Nice employees, everyone was cordial and friendly.
June 4, 2021
I own and automotive repair business in Jacksonville, but my wife lives in Atlanta and needed tires for her car, so I know good service and fair pricing in this industry. I chose McCullough because of their good reviews and they did not disappoint. They were very professional and took good care of my wife. I would highly recommend them and will continue to use them for her service needs.
October 21, 2019
I have used McCullough for maintenance on my prior vehicle and received great service. Recently I had to repair my front bumper - I received an estimate for repair services that was reasonable. The estimated turn around time was less days than other auto shops. The best part was, the staff (Graham) was accommodating with my schedule and the repair was completed as expected/on time. The work completed was great. I absolutely recommended McCullough for auto care services.
February 23, 2021
The team at McCullough Auto Care are so friendly, thorough, and timely. They know the cars bumper to bumper and how to properly diagnose the problem as well as do scheduled maintenance. They really work with you to do what is necessary to make your car safe and not hit your wallet too hard! I can say that I trust Eric and his team with our cars.
October 29, 2019
I’ve taken my cars here over the years and have been delighted w the team. They’re honest, professional, knowledgeable, and will shoot you straight. Prices are fair and they’ll tell you abt issues that may or will arise in the future and to keep that in mind for future reference. Overall an A
August 26, 2020
I know for me one hard thing about choosing a mechanic is brushing off all previous notions I have about mechanics Potentially not treating my car how they would treat their own car. This place has done more than exceed my expectations. I got a phone call for every update, I got a thorough description of what was to be done and what was wrong, not only that, but where the dealership said it would take them two weeks to fix my car, these guys did it in less than 24 hours. I have never been happier to spend $300 in my life. Anything I need in the future, you can be sure I’ll bring it here.
September 10, 2020
Have been going to McCollough’s for decades! Once I found them, I knew they were honest and professional. Not often one can say that about an auto repair place. They have helped me keep my older vehicles safely on the road for longer than I could imagine. I have always been treated with respect, no matter how large or small the issue, which is excellent and reassuring for an older woman.Highly recommend them!
March 16, 2022