Some vehicles have timing chains; others have timing belts. The timing belt is the central belt that keeps the engine timed correctly to run correctly. Without a tuned timing belt, your motor may not run at all.
Have your timing belt inspected often but change the belt at the manufacturer’s recommended mileage interval. Most cars require a timing belt change every 60k to 90k miles, depending on your make and model. With the timing belt replacement, your mechanic may need to change the water pump and other components based on your vehicle’s make and model.
Timing belts and chains may stretch with age and can put the engine out of its correct timing. Bad timing belts can make your engine run rough, idle poorly, misfire, make odd noises, or even keep your engine from running.
Failure to change the timing belt and water pump at the recommended mileage intervals can result in internal engine damage. If you have an “interference engine” and the timing belt snaps, piston heads, and valves may collide, bend, or break, causing engine failure.
If you have a “non-interference engine” and the timing belt snaps, you may be lucky with minimal damage, but will still end up stranded. Either way, maintenance is more cost-effective rather than significant repairs due to lack of maintenance.
Driven Automotive uses OEM parts for timing belt and water pump installations. Before beginning the job, we inspect all surrounding components to ensure we replace all faulty parts. We always have your best interest in mind.
Not sure when you’ve had your timing belt replaced? Contact one of Driven’s personnel to schedule an appointment to check.