Timing BeltTiming Belt Replacement

Your engine’s timing belt is the most important maintenance item in your car. What happens when this component gives up the ghost?

What Is A Timing Belt?

A timing belt is the ribbed belt that is placed in a specific configuration along one side of your engine to keep the crank and camshafts timed properly. Essentially, it keeps the top half of the engine (cylinder head, valves) in sync with the bottom half (crankcase, pistons).

Does My Car Have A Timing Belt?

If you have an older car from the 90s and below, odds are you have a timing belt. Some new car manufacturers, such as Audi, still use timing belts in their engine designs, but for longevity, many manufacturers have switched to metal timing chains that in theory last for the life of the engine.┬áIf you don’t know if you have a timing belt. Feel free to give us a call.

When Should I Change My Timing Belt?

Manufacturers employ various schedules and measures for timing belt replacement, but the rule of thumb is 60,000 miles, or 5 years, whichever comes first. Have concerns? Set up an appointment today.

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