When checking out your vehicle's factory recommended service schedule, you may have noticed that it strongly suggests a timing belt replacement or inspection at a certain mileage interval. Timing belts are a critical component of your vehicle, and do need to be replaced periodically. Your vehicle's engine is extremely complex with many different working parts, so not understanding what a timing belt exactly is or how often it needs to be replaced is common. Let us talk more about the timing belt and explain its function and importance within your vehicle.
What is a timing belt? The timing belt is an internal combustion engine belt whose job is to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. This helps to ensure that the engine's valves open and close at the correct time during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes. It is an essential part of the engine system and is necessary for proper overall function.
So, you may be wondering, how often does it need to be replaced? A great source for understand how often your individual vehicle's timing belt needs to be replaced is the owner's manual. Here, it will tell you the proper mileage interval for replacement for your vehicle. However, if we take a look at your vehicle and notice severe wear or fraying to your timing belt, we will recommend you have it replaced to avoid it from breaking or snapping.
Will it break? Yes, timing belts can break or snap unexpectedly if they are severely worn down or frayed. This is why it is so important to replace the timing belt before it breaks, not after. When it breaks, it can cause damage to other engine parts and become costly to repair. It can also cause complete engine failure, which is definitely not something that you want to experience while on the road.
If you find that your vehicle is due for a timing belt replacement or you want to have your engine inspected to make sure it looks ok, bring your vehicle into the professionals here at A-1 Auto Repair for friendly assistance!