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Timing Belt Replacement

Timing Belt

As far as maintenance on cars goes, people are usually well-familiar with regular oil changes, tire rotations, and some minor check-ups that regularly happen. When it comes to less mainstream ones however, drivers will very often fail to do what is necessary to extend the life of their vehicle. One such maintenance is the replacement of the “timing belt”.

With its name originating from its times of opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valve, it is a part of your car that drives the camshafts which are in your engine. Timing belts rarely needs attention to start with. One lasts anywhere from 60,000 to 120,000 miles on average, so you’ll only be looking at it only once or twice during your car’s life. However, not replacing a used-up timing belt might cause some big problems for the car, even ruin the engine.

If there’s a timing belt failure, the intake and exhaust valves that work closely with the timing belt will be damaged. Valves may experience bending or even destruction if a piston hits them, which is known to happen in these cases. Although there are differences depending on whether you have an interference or non-interference engine, some damage will occur regardless. Those with non-interference engines are slightly better off. Their valves do not touch the pistons, so if damage occurs the car will still be able to run. Nevertheless, if a timing belt goes awry, it’s best to get it looked at no matter what.

At Temecula Tire and Auto Repair, it is common to see a timing belt fail long before it even needs replacement. This same concept works for vice-versa situations, where an old timing belt may not need replacement. Our certified technicians will overview the situation and fix the problem without causing further worry.