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Timing Belt Replacement

Timing Belt Replacement

The timing belt is a small piece of your car that is crucial to the survival of the heart and soul of your automobile, the engine. If it is frayed or ripped and finally snaps, this could be a devastating event for your car. There is nothing worse than having your engine seize, only to learn at an auto shop that you need to rebuild the entire engine. This can be easily avoided if there are simple steps taken to replacing your timing belt around 60,000 miles.

What does the timing belt do?

Many individuals who own cars aren’t car experts to begin with. They must learn more about their car as they go on. To understand the timing belt, you must first know a little bit more about the engine. To make a piston move up and down, a valve on top on the engine opens and closes, allowing a spark into the motor. This creates a small explosion which forces the piston down, and then back up again. This motion must come in a very precises time, and that is what the timing belt helps to regulate.

When and why should the timing belt be replaced?

It should be replaced no later than 100,000 miles. It is a good idea to have it replaced around 60,000 or 70,000 miles however. This is a great way to insure that your timing belt wont snap or break while you are driving down the road. As mentioned before, letting your timing belt finally snap can cause complete engine failure. This is why you must make sure your timing belt is not neglected.

How will you know if your timing belt is failing?

There are many ways in which you can tell if your timing belt is failing. This can be crucial to look at your symptoms before you engine starts to fail. Difficulty starting your car can be one way that you might find your car has timing belt issues. If there is smoke coming out of your exhaust, this is another way to see you have a timing belt issue. Probably the easiest way to tell if you have an issue with your timing belt is any abnormal vibrations of the engine. This will give you a big sign that you need to replace your timing belt.

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