A vehicle has several components that work in perfect harmony together. If one of these components malfunctions, your car will have problems and may even stop running altogether. A good driver knows how to recognize when it is time for repairs or maintenance and carry them out promptly. One such crucial component is the timing belt, and it sometimes needs replacement.
Understanding Timing Belt’s Function
The timing belt is integral to your engine; it controls the camshaft and crankshaft rotation, making sure they are entirely in sync. It controls the engine valve opening & closing of during the intake and exhaust movements of each cylinder. If the timing belt is compromised, your engine is less efficient, and you need our services for timing belt replacement.
This belt loops around various shafts and is subjected to the harsh conditions of the engine so it can deteriorate over time. It isn’t a good idea to avoid changing it to save on timing belt replacement cost.
If your car stops or stalls abruptly, call a qualified mechanic to check the engine. They will be able to determine the root cause and will identify a snapped belt immediately.
Timing Belt Replacement
Timing belt replacement depends on the make and model of your car. Most manufacturers recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 106,000 miles. Some modern manufacturers believe the belt can last for seven years before it needs replacing. You should read the car’s manual to find whether it is time to replace it.
Timing belts can last beyond the manufacturer recommended time, but it isn’t wise to delay replacement for too long. If the belt fails, it can cause significant damage to the engine, which can lead to expensive repairs. The damage depends on the type of engine you have. An interference engine will need a lot of repairs if its timing belt snaps. A non-interference engine won’t sustain as much damage, but it will still need repairs.
The timing belt replacement cost can be anywhere between $200 and $900 because it takes a lot of effort to access that area of the engine. However, damage caused by a snapping belt can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
If your car breaks down in the middle of the road due to a broken belt, you can call a technician for support. We send our technicians to your location to inspect the vehicle before towing it to the garage.