Some vehicles have timing chains, others have timing belts. The timing belt is the main belt that keeps the engine timed correctly in order to run properly. These belts are necessary to maintain in order to keep the engine running. Have it inspected (if possible) as often as you can but change them at the manufacturer’s recommended mileage interval. Most cars require a timing belt change between every 60k and 90k miles, regularly. It is dependent upon each make and model. With this, the water pump is often changed as well along with a few other components that are also variable dependent upon make and model.
Timing belts and chains may stretch with age and can put the engine out of its correct timing. This can cause drivability symptoms like running rough, a rough idle, misfires, odd noises, or it won’t run at all.
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 amounts of damage, but will still end up stranded. Either way, maintenance is more cost effective rather than major repairs due to lack of maintenance.
Driven Automotive uses OEM parts for timing belt and water pump installations. Before beginning the job, the technician inspects all components that must be removed prior to installation of the new timing belt and water pump kit to determine if anything else needs to be replaced while we are in that area. 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.