All gas-powered vehicles are either equipped with a timing belt or a timing chain. Most vehicle manufacturers require that you change the timing belt every 100,000 miles. If not, serious damage to your engine can occur. Timing chains also require regular maintenance to increase the longevity of your engine.
Tips to increase the life of timing components
Timing belts are made of rubber which stretches when it gets warm and contracts when it is cool. Over time, this expansion and contraction causes the belt to wear out and develops cracks. To increase the life of the belt here are some tips:
- Repair any oil leaks on your car’s engine- this is a preventable measure that can save you thousands of dollars
- Repair any water/coolant leaks-if you run out of coolant, your engine will overheat, resulting in a blown head gasket
- Drive your car frequently
- Never delay or skip any oil change intervals- oil gets thicker with dirt and grime from your engine. Changing it regularly can help
- Perform any scheduled maintenance according your vehicle’s service schedule
NEVER EXCEED THE MILEAGE THAT IS REQUIRED FOR A TIMING BELT CHANGE, AS THIS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO YOUR ENGINE.
What does is cost?
Timing belts are little complicated to change, since it is difficult to access it. There are a lot of factors that determine the price of a timing belt job. Stop by Third Street Auto Service today for a FREE estimate.
Pricing depends on:
- Make and model of your vehicle
- difficulty of changing the belt
- The removal any additional parts to easily access the timing components