Timing Belt Replacement

Timing Belt Replacement

Most modern cars require a timing belt replacement between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. Now that you know that you should also know that your engine requires that this belt function properly or you could have catastrophic failure to the point of basically having the engine explode.  Timing belt replacement is critical in the maintenance of your vehicle and should not be overlooked.

Without a timing belt

Your engine would not work without a timing belt, the timing belt holds the synchronization of the camshafts, crankshaft. Interference engines are designed with these two parts to move in synchronization in a flat plane or 180 plane design. Interference engines are called that because if the timing belt breaks or jumps a tooth it will cause those parts to interfere with each other causing everything to go BOOM!

If your timing belt does jump a cog or worse breaks the damage is normally massive and costly.  The costly repairs of fixing an engine that has lost a timing belt in some cases can total a car and may not even be worth it. It is best to avoid any of those costly repairs by replacing the timing belt like the manufacturer suggests..

Other Considerations when replacing your timing belt:

  • Does your vehicle leak any fluid? if so it could weaken the belt faster or cause it to stretch out and jump a cog, you should have the leak fixed and replace the timing belt if it has had oil leaking on it.
  • Did you just purchase a vehicle without a accompanying repair history? If so you might want to replace your timing belt and make sure that you will not have any problems associated with it.
  • Since replacing a timing belt is normally labor intensive you may want to consider doing the water pump and belt tensioner while they already have your vehicle torn down.
  • Replacing sprokets, belts, etc… while the belt is being replaced may cost more up front but you get the piece of mind knowing that you have new parts under your hood, and a happy motor.

All service intervals should be followed in order to protect your investment and maintain the integrity of your warranty. In the case of the timing belt, it just makes sense.

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