Most drivers don't know too much about the belts that run your engine. It's still commonly understood that all belt issues should be avoided. We see this is especially true for the timing belt.


Engines rely on a few different belts to operate. Broken or worn belts can cause serious harm to your engine. To make sure you don't end up stranded with a vehicle that won’t start because of a broken belt. We want to explain what your timing belt does, then when you should have it serviced and replaced.


Your timing belt is ultimately used to control your engine’s intake and exhaust. Your intake and exhaust valves are located at the top of the combustion chamber. Since engines run on delicately balanced timing, it is extremely important for those valves to open and close at the exact right time. The opening and closing of an intake and exhaust valve are controlled by the lobes which are located and connected to your crankshaft. Then your timing belt controls the motion of the camshaft, your crankshaft and it's timing are vital for your engine to function.


As you can imagine, if that timing belt was worn down and eventually snapped the engine’s timing would be off drastically and your engine would run very rough, then stop working altogether.


On top of that, most engines are built in a way where an open valve extends into the combustion chamber. If your timing belt is broken it can cause the piston to smash into a lowered valve and damage it as well. If this happened, your engine would stop abruptly and could even damage it to the extent of full engine replacement.


This is why we are so passionate about making sure your timing belt is in good working condition.


When does your timing belt need to be replaced?


An important thing to remember is regular maintenance is not going to  extend the life of your timing belt. Most vehicles should have their timing belt inspected to see if it needs to be replaced before it reaches 80,000 miles.


For more detail on your vehicle, grab your owner’s manual and see when it advises you to replace your timing belt. Or give us a call, we have a database of what is included in nearly every scheduled maintenance service for every vehicle on the road. In addition to that, we have our system updated continually for any additional service your manufacturer may have changed or added. As they see how your type of vehicle is performing on the road.


Give us a call today if you have any questions or need to schedule a timing belt inspection or quote for a repair.