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Don't be a victim of a broken timing belt

Call today to see when your timing belt needs to be replaced. Failure to do so could result in very extensive repair costs!

What is a timing belt?

On most newer cars, the manufactures have moved away from using timing chains and have started using timing belts. The timing belt sits behind a cover, towards the front of the engine. This belt is used to synchronize the rotation of the engine's camshaft/s to the engine's crankshaft. It ensures that the engine's valves open and close at the proper times. The timing belt is often mistaken with a vehicle's serpentine belt. A serpentine belt can be seen from the engine compartment and usually operates most of the vehicles accessories (ie: alternator, air conditioning, etc.). Since the actual timing belt is covered and out of site, it is usually forgotten about. Timing belts are maintained on a service interval since they are a wear item that will break if not tended to in the interval listed by the manufacturer. The service interval usually ranges between 90,000-120,000 miles. Some cars are even as low as 60,000 miles. Call today to see when yours needs to be replaced.

Do I need to replace my water pump?

On a lot of vehicles, the water pump is ran off of the timing belt. In almost all cases we recommend replacing the water pump, tensioner and idler pullies at the same time as the timing belt. Since the timing belt is not easy to get to, it makes more sense to replace these parts at the same time, rather than hope that they will last another 90,000-120,000 miles. Keep in mind that if these parts fail, it could result in the same consequence as a broken timing belt.

What happens if my timing belt breaks?

There are two different classifications for engines, interference and non-interference engines. For both engines, if the timing belt breaks, the engine will stop running and not be able to start. If your engine falls under the classification of a non-interference engine, replacing the timing belt, will solve your problem. If your vehicle has an interference engine, there is a very high possibility that when the timing belt broke your engine suffered valve to piston damage. This will usually damage the cylinder head beyond the point of repair and sometimes even results engine replacement.

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