Why timing belts on your car or truck need replacing?
At Atlantic Transmission Auto Care, Full Service Tire and Auto Service, we specialize in auto repair and all factory maintenance services. Timing belts are one of these important auto services. Check your owner’s manual for the proper interval to replace your timing belt or stop in and have one of our service experts review your car or truck’s maintenance needs with you one-on-one.
Why timing belts need replacement
Timing belts have replaced timing chains on many of today’s engines. Both belts and chains ensure that crankshaft, pistons and valves operate together in proper sequence. Belts are lighter, quieter and more efficient than chains.
Why replace the belt?
Like other components, timing belts wear out. Proper maintenance requires timing belt replacement at regular intervals–before they break.
Where are the belts located?
Timing belts are on the front of the engine protected by a plastic or metal cover.
When should belts be replaced?
When a timing belt breaks, the engine stops. Replace belts before this occurs. Most manufacturers provide a suggested service life and replacement schedule for this critical component. Check your owner’s manual for the interval to change the timing belt for your vehicle.
How do I know if my car has one?
Your vehicle manual may tell you, but you should ask your auto service or auto repair shop or local certified technician–they will know for sure.
What is a “Free-Running” engine?
If the timing belt breaks on a free-running engine, the engine stops and you will need a tow to the repair shop. No mechanical damage occurs and the installation of a new belt is usually all that is needed to get you on your way.
What is an “Interference” engine?
If the timing belt breaks on an interference engine, mechanical engine damage occurs. It most commonly involves open valves being struck by pistons, resulting in the need for expensive repairs. In extreme cases, a replacement engine may be required.
The auto service facilities here at Atlantic Transmission Auto Care are equipped with an automotive information system that provides this detailed data. The ALLDATA(R) system even lists high-tech specialty lubricants required for your particular car. Other information includes vehicle specific repair and diagnostic information and factory-issued Technical Service Bulletins. The bottom line is efficient, dependable and cost-effective service for you.
Source: ALLDATA Pro