How do you know when to replace the Timing Belt?

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The timing belt is a critical component in your vehicle. It ensures the moving parts in your engine work in sync – otherwise these parts could interfere with each other causing damage to the engine and leading to a breakdown.

Unfortunately, because of its location in the engine, it’s often difficult to spot warning signs when the timing belt is nearing the end of its life. For best results, follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule to replace the timing belt on time or even early.

Many manufacturer’s recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If you are not sure what the replacement interval is for your vehicle, call our independent auto repair shop at 651-426-0462. Our technicians can help you identify the proper recommendations and preventative maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

Timing belt replacement is a critical aspect of preventative maintenance. If the timing belt replacement is skipped, your vehicle is at increased risk for a broken timing belt and significant engine damage.

In interference engines, the valves and pistons must work in sync so that they do not hit each other while your vehicle is running. These components open and close quickly in the combustion engine. When the timing belt breaks or seizes, it can cause severe damage to the valves, pistons, or water pump.

Instead of simply replacing the timing belt, you will now be facing significant and costly engine repairs, often thousands of dollars. And if you were driving when the timing belt broke, you may be stranded on the side of the road with a vehicle that can’t be driven.

Don’t put your vehicle or your safety at risk. Visit our White Bear Lake auto repair shop to review the recommended preventative maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Our technicians will help you keep track of critical maintenance, including timing belt replacement, to keep your vehicle safely on the roads in White Bear Lake.

To learn more about timing belt replacement, contact AM-PM Automotive Repair at 651-426-0462 or request an appointment online.

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