To keep the camshaft functioning in perfect timing with the pistons in your engine, a timing belt is necessary. The timing belt is like the maestro of the gas combustion orchestra: all of the engine components needed to provide power to the wheels rely on the timing belt to keep everything performing in sync with each other. If there is a fault with the timing belt, critical functions of the engine will be interrupted, and the result could be a complete engine breakdown.
If your timing belt has been used beyond the manufacturer-recommended mileage (between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, typically), it’s time to have it inspected for wear or replaced with a new one. If you are unsure about the condition of your timing belt, we can perform an inspection and testing to make sure that your engine is functioning as it should.
If you think it’s time to bring your vehicle into the shop to have your timing belt inspected or replaced, don’t hesitate to stop by or schedule an appointment online or over the phone. We’d be happy to take a look under the hood, and we’ll get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Also, if you’re further curious about your timing belt, continue reading to learn about related components to the timing belt, and find the answers to frequently asked questions that we receive here at our Denver auto shop.
Because accessing the timing belt of a vehicle can require extensive removal of multiple engine parts, it’s a good idea to replace other components at the same time, if needed. If the labor being performed requires dissecting your engine anyway, you could save thousands by replacing equipment that is at or near the end of its life. An example of such related components are water pumps, crankshaft seals, and camshaft seals.
Taking action and replacing faulty inner-engine components is important to get ahead of problems which may present themselves down the road. A blown water pump, for example, will result in your engine overheating and, potentially, seizing up completely. When crankshaft seals or camshaft seals go bad, overall engine performance suffers dramatically, and ongoing damage can be dealt to even more hardware within your engine.