Timing belts are made from rubber and high tensile fibres. This belt is different from the serpentine belts because, if this belt breaks, it can cause serious engine damage – usually without any warning.

Timing belts are vital for two reasons: 

1. The valves in your engine need to open and close at precisely the right moment to allow the intake of air into the engine, which in turn allows for the combustion of fuel and production of energy that makes your vehicle work.

2. Incorrect timing can mean limited air intake and a compromised ability to burn fuel, and without the timing belt, the pistons and valves fall out of sync and collide. This is a big problem since the valves in your engine are very fragile and bend easily. One collision with the pistons is all it takes to cause a costly repair at best, or a completely ruined engine at worst.


Unlike your brakes or suspension, there is no warning sign that your timing belt is wearing down. Your car will simply be running smoothly one moment and fail the next.

It is extremely important to observe the service guidelines in your manufacturer’s logbook and always get your timing belt replaced on schedule. Doing so will protect your back pocket as well as your warranty. For some cars, this can mean a timing belt replacement every 60,000 km or every four years. For other vehicles, it is every 100,000 km or every five years.


The timing belt itself is a relatively cheap part to buy. The reason why the replacement is usually costly comes down to the location of the timing belt in your engine. To access the timing belt, your mechanic will generally need to dismantle and reassemble the entire engine bay – easily a few hours of work.

Don’t try and do this one yourself. One wrong move in synchronizing the shafts or incorrectly tuning the engine will cause the belt to fail and land you with a big mechanic bill to fit a new belt and repair the damage done.


The timing belt kit it made up of idlers, pulleys and tensioners that are each responsible for small but essential jobs. If these parts are worn when a new timing belt is installed, their reduced capacity to function can potentially cause your timing belt to fail in a very short time, without warning. It is for this reason that many manufacturers require the replacement of the entire timing belt kit as part of their logbook servicing – not just the belt itself.

In addition to this practical consideration, the labour time involved in accessing the timing belt means that it makes good financial sense to replace the entire kit in one go. Otherwise, you may find yourself doubling up on labour costs down the track!


Regularly see Andrew and Ray at the service interval for my high end European vehicle servicing needs... When I bought the car I was worried about who could service it in Wollongong, I spoke to Andrew and I have never looked back. I have recommended all my friends to Andrew for the service and their pricing.
- John Carr

I have used 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs for the last 2 years. The service I have received is outstanding. The staff are immensely helpful and friendly and provide great advice and assistance. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Andrew and his team to anybody requiring mechanical repairs or servicing.
- Jeremy Barnett

Every time I have had to take my car in they are quick, professional and honest. I regularly recommend them to anyone looking for a good mechanic. I won’t go anywhere else.
- Kathleen Andrews

Not only can 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs book you in quicker than a car dealership can, they also will NOT rip you off like a car dealership does. Good service from Andrew and the team at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?
- Simon Kierse

Not only can 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs book you in quicker than a car dealership can, they also will NOT rip you off like a car dealership does. Good service from Andrew and the team at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?
- Simon Kierse

A great local business which provide excellent old fashioned customer service. I have been using Andrew for many years and find him most reliable and friendly.
- Rick Davies

Awesome service! Really great people that get the job done right!
- Jack Tibbitts

Fast, friendly, reliable and affordable service. I highly recommend Andrew and his team for any of your mechanical needs.
- Andres B

Quick, reliable, cost effective and extremely helpful staff. I would recommend 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs for any type of mechanical repair.
- Rex Hone

Andrew and crew are the most effective, helpful, considerate and expert team around. I have relied on 1st Choice Mechanical for more than 5 years. I have moved out of Wollongong (1.5 hours drive away) but I still take both my family's cars to them.
- A Thomson-Ko

Wonderful team of professionals that provide exceptional mechanical services, they go above and beyond with their services and genuinely care for you and your car. They constantly assess your vehicle to ensure safety and provide recommendations and time frames for future repairs.
-Andre van der Merwe

Pinnacle of customer service. Friendly and polite staff. Highly recommended.
-Abdul Abdullah

Andrew managed to squeeze my car in for service and tyres on Saturday morning. Great job and service as always. Thanks again guys!
- Brett Anderson

Best mechanic in Wollongong! Very trustworthy and reliable. They offer competitive prices and excellent workmanship. The staff are very friendly and offer good advice to ensure your vehicle's longevity.
- Jerald

The team was very helpful and honest. Service was great with reasonable price.
- Jane Embernate

These guys are honest top quality mechanics with outstanding customer service. They take the time to explain things to you, and they are true professionals. They really are 1st choice, definitely worth going to.
- Jasper M

The best mechanical servicing of a car I have ever had. Car service like it should be.
- Edward Bryant

Great work, friendly staff, they were very straightforward and let me know the parts that would need to be replaced eventually. Service price was competitive too. A+
- Benjamin O'Brien

Great service, fast and professional, and very competitive pricing.
Will definitely be taking my car here again.
- Daniel Kennedy

Need great mechanics? Don't go past 1st Choice. Great people, great service. It's good to see smiling, friendly faces when you drop your car off.
- Sharon Paterson

Getting to drive a performance Commodore is great, but it's crucial to know consistent, knowledgeable, honest and reliable people who can maintain the vehicle at an affordable price. I am so glad to have found 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs more than 2 years ago and have trusted them with the vehicle since.
- A Thomson-Ko

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Contact Us: 02 4228 7949

Licence. No: MVRL31591

1st Choice Mechanical Repairs, Tyres and Auto Electrical Services & 1st Choice Tyres


7/30 Swan Street
Wollongong, NSW 2500


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