If you’ve owned a car or truck long enough, you’ve probably heard the mechanic say they need a new timing belt.
The timing belt is a large belt inside your car or truck’s engine that allows the engine’s valves to open and close. The crankshaft in your car drives the timing belt. The crankshaft is connected to the engine pistons, which move up and down.
If you’re unfamiliar with replacing the timing belt, here’s what you need to know.
As a general rule, your timing belt will need to be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.
If you read your car or truck’s owner’s manual, you will find a more accurate mileage report of when to replace your car or truck’s timing belt.
The timing belt is something you want to get replaced before it breaks because you’re going to need a tow truck if it breaks while you’re driving.
Here are some signs you may need a new timing belt.
- Open the hood of your car or truck and locate the timing belt.
- On most engines, it is located near the front of the engine (consult your owner’s manual for more details)
- Once you locate the timing belt, look for cracks or broken teeth on the belt.
These are signs that your car or truck may need a new timing belt.
In warmer, drier climates, timing belts do not last as long because of the materials timing belts are made of.
When you get your timing belt replaced, the mechanic may suggest replacing the water pump. This is typically done because you save on labor costs. The mechanic is not trying to rip you off, they’re just trying to save you some money.