Timing Belts

Replacing Your Car's Timing Belt

If you’ve been driving for a while or been through a few cars, you might be familiar with having to replace your car’s timing belt. Depending on the specific requirements of your vehicle, there may be certain mileage points at which its recommended to replace your timing belt.

So what does the timing belt actually do? And why is it so necessary to get it replaced?

Your timing belt basically ensures the proper working of your engine by keeping the internal crank and cam shaft separate. This may sound like a part to play, but if these two parts were to collide inside of your engine, major damage will ensue, to the tune of thousands of dollars in repair costs, and often the cost of a brand new engine.

It’s best to follow the mileage guidelines for replacing the timing belt in your car. Most of these guidelines fall between 50,000 to 90,000 miles.

As a consumer, it can be difficult to tell which car problems are related to your timing belt. Even for experienced mechanics, checking and replacing the timing belt is a difficult  process – it often requires removing the engine from the body of the car to fix or replace.

In a nutshell, check your automobile’s user manual to find the recommended replacement guidelines for the timing belt. If you’re overdue for a replacement, make an appointment with Duraleigh Auto & Collision as soon as possible – this is a repair that you do not want to wait on, because the consequences are many times more expensive than the cost of a timing belt replacement itself.