When to Replace Your Timing Belt

Cars are one of our many prized possessions and require attention from time to time to ensure that they are running properly. This will help save money in terms of gas mileage and repair costs. One of the most important parts of a car’s engine is the timing belt; any glitch with the timing belt can be calamitous. The cost of replacing or repairing a faulty timing belt can be more than the value of the car itself and can completely damage the car’s engine. Keeping all this in mind, one should know when to get the timing belt changed.

By paying attention to a few vital things, one can prevent avoidable extra costs and damage to their cars.

  • Owners to new cars should check the manual for the ideal frequency of timing belt changes. Whenever the belt is changed the mileage of the car at that time should be written inside the manual.
  • Owners to pre-owned cars should check the sticker under the hood that gives the mileage of the last change. In case the sicker is not given, one should get the belt changed anyway just to be safe.
  • A mechanic or dealership should be consulted after regular intervals to examine and determine there is any wear and tear or damage that imply a change of belt.
  • Ideally, it is recommended by most car manufacturers and mechanics that the belts should be changed every 60,000 to 75,000 miles. Some owner’s manual specifies the limit at 100,000 miles however; it is advised by mechanics to be done before hitting 80,000 miles.
  • Timing belts need replacement more often in places with extreme climates than in those with moderate climate.
  • From time to time during routine maintenances, have the mechanics inspect the timing belt. Any cracks, chips, or missing teeth or ribbing can indicate the need for changing the belt. Spots of coolants and oils are also checked by the mechanics.
  • If while booting your car, the engine makes a high-pitched shrieking or whirring sound or an unusual one, then get the timing belt checked immediately.
  • If it takes several tries to start your car or there is some other trouble while starting the engine, get it checked straightaway at the auto shop.
  • If the car stops suddenly while driving and the engine does not start again, then it is probably an engine failure most likely caused by a damaged timing belt. Your car would have to be towed to the mechanic for immediate repair.
  • Adhering to the recommendations of your mechanic and car manufacturer and changing the timing belt accordingly can save you from expensive damage later on. One should not wait for the symptom of a problem to get it cured.

The timing belt should be replaced by a professional and experienced mechanic. In order for the belt to be accessed, often many other internal parts must be removed. Once the belt is replaced, the internal workings of the engine have to be synchronised by the mechanic by using special tools, machines and procedures.

Rainbow Products supplies the full line of Silentsync ® timing belts and sprockets from Continental Contitech. Rainbow Precision Products is an independent distributor providing reliable, personal customer service and fast shipping from their many stocking locations throughout the United States.