Everyone that has a vehicle knows just how important it is to do all you can to keep your car in top shape in order to do that maintenance is required! While changing oil, fluids, filters, keeping gas in your vehicle, and maintaining your tires may be the things that stand out to you, there are other things that need to be done that fall under the maintenance umbrella! There are some things that you may not realize are just as important as those other maintenance thing, that is replacing your timing belt. While it is essential to do so, you need to know when you should replace your timing belt.
Your timing belt is essential to your engine; in fact, it is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. The purpose of the timing belt is to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft as well as the camshaft – this allows the valves of the engine to open and close at the correct time during every cylinder’s intake and exhaust pump. There are some engines where the belt is made to prevent the piston from hitting the valves.
Knowing when to change your timing belt is very essential, and it isn’t too cheap when you are looking at it realistic. The beauty of that is to know that it is a lot cheaper than having to buy a new car if your timing belt should break altogether. It is difficult to put an exact mileage on when you should replace your timing belt because it varies by vehicle, it is often recommended that you replace your timing belt every 60,000 – 80,000 miles.
Timing belts are made to last up to 100,000 miles before you need to change it, but things happen and you don’t necessarily want to wait to the last minute to make sure things are taken care of like they should be. Extreme damage can happen whenever your timing belt breaks, replacing the timing belt around 80,000 is suggested as a preventative measure so you can avoid any unnecessary damage.
Pay attention to your mileage and make sure your timing belt is intake as it should be. If you need your timing belt replacement done, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!