Does Your Vehicle Need a New Timing Belt?
All vehicles have timing belts to keep engines running smoothly. During the lifetime of any vehicle, the timing belt will need to be replaced. Check the recommendations for timing belts your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Keeping current on that can help to prevent a potential blown engine or another expensive repair later.
Replacing a timing belt before it needs it (or it’s too late) is important. It’s suggested that a timing belt should be replaced after every 60,000 mi. Although, the numbers may vary a bit between cars, it’s best to have your timing belt checked regularly each year to make certain that it’s still in good working order.
There are a few sure signs that it’s time to change your timing belt, like excessive exhaust. If you see your car starts blowing a lot more exhaust than usual, it could indicate a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Also, if your car isn’t start smoothly or not running as efficiently as it used to, it could be a sign your timing belt is worn out.
Over time, timing belts can lose the teeth that keep it locked into its correct position. The belt can also get cracked, another sign that it’s nearly worn out and should be replaced. If the belt appears shiny on the underside, it‘s a sign of glazing. A belt with glazing is not flexible and is unable to perform at its’ best any longer.
Timing belts are an essential part of all vehicles. Since it’s not possible to effectively repair this part, it is replaced when degraded and worn out. It’s critical to check this part often as it may help you to avoid more costly repairs down the road.
Call AAMCO Overland Park today if you have any timing belt or other vehicle questions for our expert technicians.