How important is timing belt replacement?
Timing belt replacement is part of your regularly scheduled maintenance. Failure to have your timing belt replaced could lead to serious issues down the road including engine failure which can be very costly. Unfortunately, there are no warning signs of a failing timing belt until it’s too late. Your vehicle will fail to start or simply stop running and in that case it needs to be seen by a mechanic immediately. Don’t wait until your timing belt breaks have it replaced, Timing Belt replacement is dependent on make and model is every 60-105 thousand miles or every 5 years. With every service you will receive a 30 point courtesy check and we will check your brakes and see if it’s time for an oil change!
What does a timing belt do?
The timing belt is a rubber belt located in the engine compartment behind the drive belts. Its job is to keep the crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s), ensuring the proper valve timing and operation of the engine.
What happens if a Timing Belt Breaks ?
If the timing belt breaks, they run into each other, causing bent valves (most common), cylinder head or camshaft damage, and possibly piston and cylinder wall damage. While it is possible that no damage could occur from a snapped belt on an interference engine, An interference type engine means that the valve’s stroke and piston’s stroke take up the same space in the cylinder, so the timing belt essentially keeps them from smashing into each other, since they do it at different times, such a case is unlikely.
In a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves don’t occupy the same space, so if the timing belt snaps, no valve or cylinder damage occurs. You just pop a new belt on, and the engine should theoretically drive normally.
So if you would like to find out if you have a interference or non-interference engine referring to this list. If you have any questions please call Fidelity Auto Care Center (503)-718-6782 and talk with one our team member specialist.
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