When Should You Replace Your Car’s Timing Belt?

A part of preventative maintenance is the regular inspection of your vehicle’s belts. The timing belt is a belt next to the engine that needs to be maintained in good condition to keep your car running smoothly. You should always replace this belt before it breaks. 


The timing belt has a toothed texture. In some cars, it is in a chain form. Both timing belts and timing chains allow the perfect synchronization of the crankshaft and camshaft. The timing belt times the opening and closing of engine valves and prevents the piston from striking the valves. 


Rubber belts and chains aren’t resistant to breaking forever. Over time, they can become worn, loose, and eventually break. If you fail to replace the timing belt before it breaks, the engine can fail completely. And your car will not run without a timing belt. 


When the timing belt breaks, you may hear the piston and valves striking each other. Depending on how severe the damages are, you will have to get both parts repaired or replaced. To avoid the additional costs, manufacturers and mechanics recommend replacing the timing belt early on.


When Should You Replace Your Car’s Timing Belt?

Most car manuals show that you should change the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Once your car puts on a certain number of miles, you should replace it to be safe. The certified mechanics at Bock Automotive can keep you up to date with the condition of the belt. 


We can assist you by manually inspecting the belt for the following signs of wear:

  • Discoloration
  • Glazing
  • Cracks and Tears
  • Dry Spots
  • Fraying

If you require a timing belt or chain replacement, please do not hesitate to call or visit the experts at Bock Automotive today.

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