If you've ever checked your car's owner's manual or had a major service performed on your vehicle, you may be familiar with your car's timing belt. The timing belt is an important component of the engine that makes sure that the timing of the opening and closing of the camshaft and crankshaft is synchronized for the proper air/fuel intake. This makes sure that the combustion process goes smoothly. However, the timing belt is made of rubber and hence is susceptible to drying out, fraying, and even snapping over time.
The timing belt is one of those car parts that you never want to break unexpectedly. The reason is, a broken timing belt can equal a car that won't run or start. It can also damage engine parts. That is why staying on top of your vehicle's maintenance and replacing the timing belt before it breaks can save you both time and money.
So, does your timing belt need to be replaced? And if so, how often? Yes, your timing belt may need to be replaced in its lifetime. The range is typically between 100,000 to 120,000 km, depending on the make, model, and age of your car. It is best to take a look at your vehicle's specific manufacturer recommendations for this service and to bring your car into our shop when you're due.
A bad timing belt can show itself in a number of ways. First, a visual inspection of your timing belt can reveal its age and condition. If it looks like it's about to break, chances are, it is! Here are some additional symptoms to look out for:
- A ticking noise coming from the engine
- Engine won't start up
- Oil leak near the motor
- Exhaust issues
- Check engine light is on
- Engine running rough or misfiring
At the first sign of any of the problems listed above, we invite you into our shop at your earliest convenience. It could be that your timing belt is due to be replaced, or the issue could be something else wrong with your engine. Rest assured, we will work diligently to get to the bottom of the problem and provide you with a solution.
When you need a timing belt replacement, bring your car to Ward Tirecraft today!