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. However, a good rule of thumb to follow is to change it every 5 years.
If you neglect to check or replace your vehicle’s timing belt, then you will risk the chance of it breaking. If the timing belt snaps off, your engine parts will strike each other and cause irreversible engine damage. Furthermore, your vehicle will stop working and will not be able to start back up. To avoid all the trouble, please change the timing belt before it breaks.
Signs of a Worn Timing Belt
Before your timing belt can break, your car will display the following warning signs:
- Engine misfires
- Rough idling
- Ticking noises
- Engine exhaust smoke
- Oil leaks near the motor
Let us be your dealership-alternative and take your vehicle to our auto repair shop whenever it needs a timing belt replacement. At Model Garage, we have all the right tools and equipment to ensure your timing belt keeps your engine running. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.