timing belt

18 Jan When to check your vehicle’s timing belt!

So what is so important about getting your vehicle’s timing belt checked? A timing belt is an internal engine component that rotates your engine’s camshaft and crankshaft in sync. It ensures that each cylinder fires at the right time. Basically, without a good running timing belt, your engine cannot work properly and well. Not all engines have a timing belt. They are found in cars and SUVs that have small displacement engines. So make sure to check with your manufacturer to see if you even have one!

-What is a timing belt?

As we explained earlier, a timing belt is one of the key components to your vehicle and to how the engine runs. It controls the camshaft in your engine, opening and closing the valves at just the right time for a level operation. Depending on the make of your vehicle, the timing belt may also control your water pump, oil pump, or engine pump.

-When do I get a new belt?

Signs you need a replacement:

-A ticking noise starts in your engine

-Your engine won’t turn on

-Oil is leaking from your motor

-Or your engine misfires

All of these are sure signs that your timing belt needs fixed or replaced. Talk to your local automotive repair shop right away if any of these signs occur! We at Harris Automotive have belt services here for you in Central Ohio. Come and see our mechanics, who will be able to locate the problem and try and fix it right away.

The best time to check your timing belt is every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Every vehicle is different, so make sure and check your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.

-Why to avoid this belt breaking!

When your timing belt breaks, your engine stops running. You want to avoid this as much as possible due to the very expensive costs of repairing or replacing an engine! This will take both time and money! When a timing belt breaks, there is no longer a connection between your camshaft and crankshaft. In the best circumstances, you may only have to replace a couple of parts in your engine. But in the worst circumstance, you may have to replace the entire engine.

As you can see, taking care of your vehicle’s timing belt is so important! If you are still unsure of what your specific vehicle has, visit your local automotive repair shop for all the details.

We at Harris Automotive have a team of professionals you can rely on day in and day out. Our team is comprised of people you can trust to take good care of your vehicle for a reasonable amount of money. Visit our Westerville or Blacklick, Ohio shop today! We offer a full service repair with brake services, transmission repair, engine services, tire replacement, oil change, and so much more! We also do motorcycle repair as well!

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