Timing Belt Replacement
Ignoring Timing Belt Replacement Will Ruin Your Vehicle
Your vehicle’s timing belt controls the timing of the engines valves. Not all vehicles have a timing belt. Some have chains. Others have gears. If your vehicle has a timing belt, it will need to be changed every 60,000 to 75,000 miles. It all depends on the vehicle.
Ignoring your timing belt can ruin your vehicle. Disregarding a worn timing belt can cause engine valve issues, which are expensive to repair. Signs of timing belt wear include cracking along the belt.
If your timing belt breaks, the engine will suddenly stop. You’ll have to get a tow truck to bring your vehicle to a mechanic. That is why it is important to get your timing belt replaced every 60,000 to 75,000 miles.
It is sometimes difficult for a novice to diagnose this problem before it is too late. We recommend getting a timing belt replaced by a professional.
When replacing your timing belt, you may want to check on your timing belt tensioner as well as the water pump, if it is belt driven. The timing belt tensioner is the part of the engine that keeps the timing belt moving. Regularly changing your timing belt will get you hundreds of thousands of miles out of your vehicle.
Be sure to write down the mileage of your vehicle when you get your timing belt replaced. That way, you will know when it’s time to replace it again. Remember, replacing your timing belt is just as important as changing your car’s oil. You need both to keep your car running.
If you have any questions regarding your timing belts, please visit your local Brake Masters®. Brake Masters offers a free check of timing belts for all of our customers.