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Everything to Know About the Timing Belt

Everything to Know About the Timing Belt

The timing belt is one of the most essential components of the engine system. Besides regular inspections, it requires little to no maintenance. The timing belt is a ribbed, rubber belt that connects the crankshaft and camshaft of your engine. It ensures that the cylinder and valves move synchronously to ensure the combustion process goes smoothly.  Does Every Vehicle Have a Timing Belt? Most vehicles made in the 2000s or before that have a timing belt. Whereas, most vehicles on the road now have a timing chain instead. The metal chain is more durable and can sometimes last the life of an engine, which is why timing belts are slowly phasing out. If you aren’t sure which one your vehicle has, feel free to look in your vehicle’s handbook to see what is keeping your engine running.  When Should I Replace the Timing Belt? Most automakers will specify a mileage interval for when you should replace your timing belt. This is usually between 60,000-100,000 miles. How ... read more

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