While the majority of Sacramento drivers may be familiar with routine maintenance and repair such as oil changes and engine checks, many aren’t aware of when or why they may need their timing belt replaced. First, it’s important to understand what your timing belt is and why you need it. Your timing belt is responsible for perfectly timing the opening and closing of your valves in synchronization with the up-and-down movements of your pistons. Over time, this belt needs to be replaced to continue to allow your vehicle to smoothly function while on the road.
While most driver will be faced with replacing a timing belt during the life of their vehicle, it may not need to happen as frequently as you may think. In fact, most vehicle owner’s manuals suggest that timing belts be replaced anywhere from 60,000 to 106,000 miles. High mileage cars may be able to continue with a timing belt past its interval time, however, it isn’t recommended for maintaining a quality vehicle.
In some cases, a timing belt may break prior to its mileage count due to external factors. These factors could include leaking water pumps, faulty belts, improper tension, or a timing belt being covered in engine oil. If you notice any sudden changes in your vehicle’s performance, or are preparing for a lengthy road trip, we recommend bringing the vehicle into an auto technician to have the condition of your timing belt inspected. A smooth running engine does not always ensure your timing belt is in proper shape, so be sure to have it checked despite your engine receiving a clean pass.
You can know precisely when your timing belt needs to be replaced by staying aware of some specific signs. These signs may include a lack of power, slow pick-up, a dull rattling noise, or a slight vibration when the car is stopped at a light. Your auto technician will be able to decipher whether a timing belt needs to be repaired or completely replaced. Remember, not all cars have a timing belt, so if you are noticing some of these symptoms in a more modern vehicle it may be a sign that there is damage with the timing chain instead. Again, it’s best to check with an auto technician to be aware of exactly where the problem is occurring and what needs to be done.
At Standard Auto, the safety of both you and your vehicle are of the utmost importance to us, which is why all of our inspections are treated with dedicated care and craftsmanship. Our highly trained technician team will be able to decipher the issue with your timing belt replacement, CA and give you an honest assessment of whether or not a replacement needs to occur. To schedule an appointment to have your timing belt checked give us a call at 916-924-8040 or visit us in person at 2240 Colfax St, Sacramento, Ca 95815. We look forward to assisting you with all of your auto care needs.