If you know a thing or two about automobiles, you’ve probably heard of the timing belt before and understand how important it is for the overall performance of your vehicle. The timing belt is one of those parts that you never want to break on you while driving. Instead, you should replace it as soon as you can before it can cause irreversible engine damage.
There are no strict rules to follow when determining when to replace your timing belt. Instead, you and your trusted mechanic should decide for yourself based on the condition and wear and tear on the rubber belt. Read on to learn more about the fascinating timing belt and when to expect to replace it.
The timing belt is a rubber belt that is responsible for synchronizing the movement of the crankshaft and crankshaft of your engine. In simpler terms, it is integral for a smooth combustion process. When your vehicle approaches old age, you will need to replace its belt. Older model vehicles may need a new belt as often as every 60,000 miles. However, your first timing belt replacement in today’s car won’t be necessary until it is closer to 100,000 miles.
The size of the engine and the complexities of the engine also factor into how often timing belt replacements are required. That is why it is best to refer to the owner's manual for your guidance on specific maintenance, including the timing belt replacement.
Signs of Failing Timing Belt
- Ticking engine noise
- Engine runs rough or misfires
- Engine having trouble starting
- Physical signs of wear and tear (ex. Glazing, cracking, slipping, etc.)
The timing belt is one of those parts that are often out of sight and out of mind. The average person may shrug their shoulders when a mechanic recommends replacing it, thinking that “if it is not broken, then why fix it”. Simply put, timing belts are fragile and vulnerable to break over time. It can happen unexpectedly, which is why you should frequently check on its condition and take recommendations from your technician seriously.
Please do not wait until it is too late to replace your car, SUV, or truck’s timing belt. At BAM! Automotive, we want to keep your vehicle on the road. We invite you to BAM! Automotive for quality and affordable timing belt replacements!