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What Does the Timing Belt Do?

As cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks accumulate miles, one component vehicle owners should keep their eye on is their timing belt.  When this belt wears out, it can break and potentially ruin your engine. That is why you must get your timing belt replaced on time. Timing belt replacements are a standard service that we provide at Nerger’s Auto Express. 

What Is the Timing Belt & What Does It Do?

The vehicle’s timing belt is a rubber belt that links the crankshaft to the camshaft. It rotates to ensure the engine’s valves open and close at the right time. Timing belts are developed with thick and durable rubber to last a long time, which is why they tend to last 60,000-100,000 miles. If you wait too long to replace the belt, it could break. When this happens, the valves won’t close on time, and the pistons will hit each other, causing irreparable damage.

If you have concerns about your vehicle’s timing belt, you can check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations. Replacing your timing belt on time, or before it breaks, is substantially less costly than dealing with engine repairs caused by a broken timing belt.

Signs of a Failing Timing Belt

  • Most of the time, you can tell when you need to replace the timing belt by visually inspecting it under the hood. A worn timing belt will also show the following signs:
  • Physical wear and tear - cracks, tears, glazing, etc.
  • Exhaust fumes - Thick exhaust fumes could mean that your engine isn’t burning the air/fuel mixture correctly. 
  • Strange engine sounds or vibrations - When the timing belt ages, it tends to get stretched or has worn teeth. When the belt is distorted, it will affect the engine’s movements, which will cause your vehicle to shake.

If your car requires a timing belt inspection or replacement, please contact the team at Nerger’s Auto Express today. Feel free to schedule your appointment online at your convenience.

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