One of the most overlooked car maintenance jobs is replacing timing belts and timing chains. If you are not a mechanic, you may not know much about your timing belt. Timing belts are rubber belts that control the rotation of the camshaft and the crankshaft as well as the valves that allow air and gas to move through the engine. Basically, the timing belt is responsible for keeping everything in your engine in sync. Unfortunately, there are not many warning signs that your timing belt is about to fail. Unlike your transmission, suspension, or tires, you won’t probably notice wear and tear on your timing belt which is why knowing when to get it replaced can be hard to predict.
When To Replace Your Timing Belt
Most mechanics agree that replacing your timing belt is something you should just do periodically. Generally, the recommendation is every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. In the past, the timing belt was often overlooked by drivers, and drivers would wait until something went wrong with the engine to bring their car or truck to the mechanic. Then when the mechanic explained that the timing belt broke they would have it replaced. But in recent years, drivers have become more educated on the fact that timing belts need to be replaced before they brake. Not only is driving with a broken time belt dangerous but fixing an engine after the belt breaks is expensive. As stated above, your timing belt is responsible for keeping the engine in sync, without that belt a lot of your engine components will get damaged. Generally, if you handle your timing belt as a preventative measure you can get replaced in the ballpark of $1,000. If you wait for your engine to act up, you aren’t just replacing the belt, you are also repairing and replacing major components. This can cost thousands of dollars depending on the amount of damage caused.
When To Replace Your Timing Chain
Unlike a timing belt, a timing chain only needs to be changed when there is a problem with it. Timing chain problems are most common in vehicles that have high mileage. Especially when oil changes are infrequent or poor quality oil is used. Signs of timing chain issues include your engine struggling to start, the check engine light coming on, or noises coming from the engine including rattling, whining, or buzzing. When a timing chain is replaced it is replaced with a new tensioner, guides, and other mechanisms as needed. This can cost a few hundred dollars or more depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
Set Up An Appointment with Everett Transmission
If you need your timing chain or belt replaced there is no better locally than Everett Transmission. Our shop handles a variety of common car issues and can help you make sure your car is safe. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment.