There are so many things you have to keep in mind as a car owner. Once you purchase the vehicle, it becomes your responsibility to keep up with the maintenance so that it will run efficiently and safely for your years of ownership.
It's important to keep track of regularly scheduled maintenance items and you may also want to know how some things operate so you understand what it needs and when. The timing belt, for example, is something that has to be replaced every now and then
What The Timing Belt Does
The timing belt controls the engine's rotation and how the valves open and close to let air and gas into and out of the engine. It coordinates the engine's functions and causes the fuel to ignite in the proper chamber. As you can tell from that explanation, it does a lot and is a very important part of the overall function of the vehicle.
The timing belt is crucial to the engine function so you will want to replace it when it is worn. There is often no indication that the belt is wearing down. Eventually, it will just break. Most manufacturers recommend that you simply replace it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. That way, it won't break and leave you with more issues than you would have had otherwise. Keep in mind that the recommendations vary based on your specific model and how much you use the vehicle.
It is safer and more cost-effective to simply replace the timing belt before it breaks as prevention. You can actually double the price of the replacement if you wait until it breaks. Being proactive with this is in your best interest.
If you find that you are in that 60,000 to 100,000 range on your timing belt and you want to replace that item, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop for an inspection and timing belt replacement. We're here to help you with questions, inspections, tune-ups, oil changes, and anything else you need to keep your vehicle safe and efficient.