One major reason that Clark Automotive is being recognized as an area leader in auto repair is because of a combination of comprehensive service and expertise. Most auto shops can repair or replace timing belts, but fewer auto shops make the distinction between timing belts and timing chains. They are different and serve different purposes. Our certified mechanics can replace your timing chain when it is necessary and can clearly explain the process, the cost and how long it will take to complete the repair. At Clark’s Auto, we also offer complementary drop off and pickup service, as well as loaner vehicles. Not being able to get around while your vehicle is in the shop is the worst.
Difference Between A Timing Belt And A Timing Chain
Timing belts can last up to 100,000 miles, but sometimes require replacement between about 50,000 and 75,000 miles. Timing belts are made of tough rubber and are located outside of the engine. Timing chains are made of metal and are located inside the car’s engine because they require lubrication from the engine oil. Whereas timing belts usually need to be replaced by the 100,000-mile mark, timing chains do not often require replacement. But that is not to say that they never need to be replaced. If you have accumulated a lot of miles on your car, the likelihood of eventually needing to replace the timing chain increases. And the likelihood of needing to replace a timing chain increases further if it is not being properly lubricated, which can occur if the engine oil level is low. And like all metal moving parts, timing chains are subject to the stress of heat and wear
Timing Chain Symptoms
If your engine seems to be running sluggishly, if power seems to have diminished, or it has trouble starting, it may be a sign that your timing chain is worn and in need of replacement. These symptoms occur when the chain wears out and stretches, which affects the engine’s timing. Associated with the timing chain are parts like the guides and chain tensioners, which can create noises from the area of the engine where the chain is located. In any of these cases, you should bring your car in to a trustworthy auto shop, and we hope Clark Auto fits the bill.
Timing Chain Replacement Process
If your car needs a new timing chain, the chances are good that it can be replaced with the installation of a timing chain kit, a new tensioner and guides, and other parts. Of course, cars that make unfamiliar or concerning noises require diagnostic expertise. Our mechanics will apply our automotive knowledge to your car with the same care we apply to our own cars.
If you have an issue with your timing chain, it is important for you to get it checked and repaired by someone you trust. We believe that we have earned the trust of all our customers and we would be happy to help you with your car’s issues. Give us a call at 763-784-7944 to schedule an appointment or email us at email@example.com.