If your vehicle has a timing belt within it, it’s important to know when it’s the right time to replace it. At Clark Automotive, our team of certified mechanics can help ensure that your timing belt is working properly, calibrated correctly and replaced when it’s most appropriate. If you are looking for quality timing belt replacements in Minnesota, Clark Automotive has got you covered. Located in Blaine, Minnesota and ready to get you back on the road again
What is a Timing Belt?
If your vehicle has a timing belt, it’s crucial to understand that it WILL eventually need to be replaced and it’s imperative that you understand why. A timing belt is placed on many different vehicle makes and models in order to keep your valves safely moving and your engine running. It is made out of a rubber belt (with the exception of older model chains) that synchronizes the actions of the camshaft and crankshaft in order to control those valves. Your timing belt helps to ensure the synchronization by keeping each system turning at the correct rate. So why is it important to get it replaced? Since most timing belts are made of rubber, those rubber belts are known for becoming brittle and cracking over time. Should your timing belt break or bust while you are driving, your camshaft will stop turning, the engine valves will be left open and your end result may include extreme damage to the engine that can sometimes exceed the cost of your own vehicle. Timing belts are essential and important and knowing when to replace them is crucial to the life of your vehicle.
Signs your Timing Belt needs Replacement
So, before we ever get to the point of your timing belt busting while you are driving, try and remember the signs of when your timing belt should be replaced. During any visit to Clark Automotive, we will look at your timing belt. We will take notice of any loss of timing belt material or any signs of wear or cracking on the belt. Additionally, if the appearance of the underside of the belt looks shiny, we know that the belt has become stiff and it’s time for a replacement. If your engine is vibrating enough that your car shakes, this may be a sign and you should bring your vehicle in right away.
Replacing the Timing Belt
Additionally, each manufacturer has recommended miles for timing belt replacement. While many timing belts are designed to last up to 100,000 miles, many need changing before then at around 60,000-75,000 miles. Typically, timing belts should be visually checked every 10,000 to ensure that it is working properly. If you are in need of replacement, Clark Automotive has you covered. Our expert, certified mechanics use specialized equipment for proper timing belt installations, placement and general tightening.
For more information about timing belt replacements or any of our services at Clark Automotive, give us a call today in MN at (763) 784-7944.