When and Why replace a timing belt?

What is a timing Belt?

A timing belt is used to keep different parts of the engine in rhythm with one another. The timing belt keeps the pistons from coming in contact with the valves.

What type of engine?

There are two types of engines in regards to the timing system. There is a free document here that lists specifications of different engines, sorted by make and model. An interference engine will be denoted by an asterisk (*). If you cannot find your vehicle donít hesitate to call, we can identify your engine type over the phone for you (for free). Don't forget to request an estimate while you're at it :)

An Interference Engine

This type of engine will experience serious internal damage if the timing belt breaks. The cost to repair these damages is significantly more than a timing belt replacement. It is important that you replace your timing belt on time to prevent catastrophic damages to your engine.

a severely damaged piston head

A Non-Interference Engine

This type of engine will not experience internal damage. However, the vehicle will still break down without a timing belt, and a tow would then be required. If your timing belt breaks in the middle of nowhere, you could be facing an expensive tow fee. The timing belt will also need to be replaced, but costly repairs are not a concern.

When should a timing belt be replaced?

Most timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles. Some may last up to 105,000 miles BUT California heat will shorten the life of the belt. For specififactions on your specific vehicle, try this document. Also, oil leaks (saturating the timing belt) can cause the belt to fail sooner than expected. Don't hesitate to contact us for a free timing belt replacement estimate.

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