It is imperative to replace the timing belt. But you should choose the right time to do so and a credible shop. While most car owners don't know much about the timing belt, this component plays a crucial role in closing and opening engine valves.
That's why if your timing belt starts to show signs of wear and tear, you should visit a mechanic immediately. Worn-out belts prevent your car's engine from working optimally. Even worse, the problem can escalate to more serious engine damage.
How do I Know it's Time to Replace my Timing Belt?
There are no obvious signs that a timing belt is about to fail. The component can jump or lose teeth without warning. Typically, it is recommended that timing belts should be replaced after every 60,000 and 150,000 miles.
However, the duration always varies with the car model and the nature of use. When the engine light starts flashing on the dash, it may be an indicator of a timing belt that's about to fail. Our experienced and credible mechanics know it and it's amongst the part they check during engine diagnosis.
Notably, if the problem is not rectified on time, and the belt snaps while driving, it can cause catastrophic internal damage, which happens as a result of pistons and valves banging on each other.
What is the Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?
The price varies and depends on the car model, and if other engine components will need to be replaced as well. When you bring your vehicle into our shop for a timing belt inspection or replacement, we always provide you with a full estimate of our recommendations for your complete approval.
During the replacement process, oftentimes the water pump is also replaced. Some of the parts powered by the timing belts such as water pumps need to be replaced together with the component, and this is due to the fact that the labor process is essentially the same for these two repairs.
In the process of timing belt replacement, other crucial engine components such as the tensioners, rollers, camshaft, and crankshaft seals should also be inspected for leaks.
Notably, if you need a timing belt replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!