If you are researching timing belt right now, it’s likely that you own a vehicle that has one. Timing belts are an essential component to their vehicles and play an important role in the way your vehicle works. By the same token, if your timing belt fails, it can just as easily destroy your vehicle’s entire engine. At Clark Automotive, we want to replace your timing belt before it ever reaches that point. Our certified mechanics here in Minnesota are ready and willing to handle any and all questions or problems related to your timing belt.
What is a Timing Belt?
In plain terms, a timing belt is a rubber belt that helps your vehicle run. It plays a large role in producing energy that makes your vehicle go! As the rubber belt moves, it triggers the actions of the camshaft and crankshaft. This keeps your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. So, when it is damaged or running thin, it is exceptionally important to get your timing belt replaced.
When Should You Replace a Timing Belt?
While there is no black and white answer to this, we can offer you some pretty vital grey information. If your vehicle has a timing belt, you should check to see what the manufacturer recommends. Generally, timing belts are changed every 60,000 to 75,000 miles. While many timing belts can last up to 100,000 miles, no one wants to roll the dice and take that change. So, at Clark Automotive, we recommend a timing belt check every 10,000 miles. That being said, there are plenty of signs that a timing belt would need to be replaced sooner than the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Timing Belt Warning Signs
If you own a vehicle with a timing belt, it’s important to have a good base knowledge on timing belt warning signs. First and foremost, the loss of timing belt material is a great indicator that something is going wrong. Timing belts are meant to be thick and slick. If material is falling off, it’s likely that it is wearing down and cracking a little too much. This type of stiffness will sometimes give an appearance as if it were incredibly shiny. If the underside is shiny, it’s likely the belt has become stiff and will be prone to cracking. Additionally, if your vehicle’s engine begins to vibrate so much that your car shakes, it’s time to get your timing belt checked.
All this being said, if you feel like the time has come to replace your timing belt, Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN is here to help. We have all of the specialized equipment and knowledge for all timing belt installations. For more information about our timing belt service here at Clark Automotive, give us a call today. Contact our staff today by calling (763) 784-7944 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.