What our Clients Say

Such a professionally run business... Honest, clean, friendly, and great pricing! I felt very comfortable having work done at this business and I would recommend this company to anyone in need of import car repairs.
Dustin
“ Top Notch Service For those of you that own a car, whether it be import or not, this is most definitely the best place to take your car for service. I have two cars and I trust both of them to Import Auto ServiceSantee without hesitation. I have been bringing my Mercedes and BMW there for a couple of years now and I can tell you that the service has always been excellent in every way. Not only is the service great but the costs are very reasonable. I appreciate the fact that I was able to find this place and glad that I can rest easy from here on out with any car or my friends cars. They tell me that they have been very satisfied with the service as well. I highly recommend Import AutoService Santee See for yourself! You will be glad you did!! ”
Robert
Not only did they fix the mechanical issues with my car, but Tim even fixed my bumper for me as part of the service! Great customer relations, and everything was explained in detail and the costs were very reasonable.
Ramona
Great experience! Very knowledgeable. i recommend!! great experience! 11/28/2017
Selina Ramirez
Awesome service- It is a pleasure to know these friendly folks who appreciate cars and use OEM parts to make them run right! They weren't offended when I brought in an older vehicle or asked them to hold parts so I could see first-hand what needed to be done. Competitive pricing, honest and direct answers to questions, and efficient quality workmanship and reliability are just a few reasons I will continue to use Import Auto Service as my primary maintenance and repair specialists. 12/16/2017
Happy Customer
Thank you Tim and Chris for doing a same day oil change/A service on my Mercedes C250. I learned that a few services I received from the dealership were either not needed or suggested when I could have went another 60k miles without the service. I also saved a significant amount versus using the dealership for service. Thanks again!!! 8/10/2017
K Morgan
I would recommend to any family, friend, or colleague. These mechanics are honest, hardworking, and respectable. Chris gave me a fair estimate and at the end he didn't tag on any random fees. Gary worked on my car and did a great job. Thanks again guys. 8/3/2017
Jon Crane

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT

Most manufacturers recommend a specific mileage for timing belt replacement and we suggest our customers follow those guidelines. If the timing belt is not replaced at the suggested interval, the belt could break, leaving you stranded and possibly causing major engine damage. If you’re having the timing belt replaced, consider replacing other parts that may be accessed at the same time. The water pump, timing belt sprockets and tensioning pulleys are good examples. Please give us a call if you have questions about your car’s needs for timing belt service.

Purpose of Timing Belt Replacement

The timing belt maintains crankshaft-to-camshaft synchronization, keeping valve operation matched to piston position. On some engines, the belt also drives other components. These include the oil pump, water pump, and balance shafts.

Santee Timing Belt Replacement | Import Auto Service

Many of today’s engines use timing belts, but not all. Some engines use a timing chain and sprocket arrangement. A timing belt is a precision component with teeth that mesh exactly with its mating sprockets. Especially critical is uniformity of the teeth and their spacing. The belt’s teeth are precision molded from a special rubber compound for good mesh and long life. The belt’s inherent tensile (stretch-resistant) qualities come from high strength cords that run parallel with the direction of belt travel.

How important is it to replace the timing belt?

Very important. Ignoring your timing belt service can leave you stranded and cause major engine failure.

Do I need to replace my water pump as well?

If your car’s water pump is driven by the timing belt, you will want to replace both at the same time. This will save you a significant cost in labor because it often takes some time just to open up that part of the engine (if you did them separately, you may pay this labor cost twice).

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