Why Does My Car Need a Timing Belt?

Your vehicle's timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft moving at a synchronized rate. The synchronization enables the engine to run. If the timing belt fails, your vehicle will shut down. You should always change the timing belt before it malfunctions. The engine will be damaged if the timing belt fails when you are driving. The damage can be very costly.

Most vehicles have a timing belt. Vehicles manufactured before the 1980's may have a timing chain. A timing chain is heavier. Motor oil keeps the chain lubricated. Typically, timing belts can stay in good condition for at least 60,000 miles. The belt should be replaced if you notice high-pitched sounds underneath the hood. You should also be aware of visible signs. Staining is a good indicator of a damaged timing belt. The pulleys and tensioners usually need to be replaced when the belt is replaced.

When your vehicle needs maintenance services, visit Tim Short Acura in South Charleston, WV. Our friendly technicians will assist you in a timely manner.

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