While looking at your vehicle's recommended list of services, you may have noticed that it recommends a timing belt replacement at a certain mileage interval. You may have even been recommended to have your vehicle's timing belt replaced recently while visiting an auto repair shop. Your vehicle's engine is extremely complex with many different working parts, so not understand what a timing belt is or when it needs to be replaced is common. Let us break it down and explain what this part is and why it is important.
What is the timing belt? The timing belt is an internal combustion engine component that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft to ensure that the engine's valves open and closes at the correct times during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes. It is an essential part of your vehicle's engine and is necessary for proper function.
When does it need to be replaced? The best way to understand when your vehicle's timing belt needs to be replaced is by referring to your car's owner's manual. Here, it will tell you the proper mileage interval for a 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 to the professionals here at Lorentz Automotive for friendly assistance!