Why do I need to replace my timing belt?

 

Most of us have heard something about timing belt replacement. But there still remains so many questions! Does my car need the timing belt replaced? What happens if I don’t get my timing belt replaced, does it ruin my engine? How often should the timing belt be replaced? Do I have to replace the water pump with the timing belt? Are there any warning signs that my timing belt is wearing out? Why does it seem so expensive? Does my car even have a timing belt?

These are just a few of the questions floating around the automotive universe. Let’s take the guesswork out of the picture and make it simple. The best way to find out if your vehicle even has a timing belt and if it needs to be replaced is to consult with your automotive repair facility – namely, Denny’s Auto - you know, the ones you trust!

If your vehicle has a timing belt, the team at Denny’s Auto recommend replacing it every 90k miles or earlier depending on manufacturer requirements. There are no visual indicators of timing belt wear, and even if there were most timing belts are not easily accessible for a visual inspection. This is why the recommended mileage is so important. Timing belts, when not replaced when recommended, can and will break without any warning – and that will leave you stranded! The engine cannot run without the timing belt, so that means a tow. Also, keep in mind that on some engines (Honda, Toyota and others), internal valve damage can occur when the timing belt breaks. The team at Denny’s Auto can confirm if your vehicle has an “interference engine” or not – this will let you know if you are at risk for potential engine damage. The best bet is to just replace the timing belt at recommended intervals to keep you vehicle running for years – and save you money!

As far as replacing timing belts, they can be labor intensive which can require a financial investment. However, it always saves you money to replace the timing belt before it breaks! Especially if you have an interference engine design. Another good practice is to replace the tensioner and water pump while the timing belt is off. Most engines have a water pump that is driven by the timing belt and considering the cost of labor, it makes financial sense to replace the related components during the repair. The last thing you want is for there to be problem with the water pump or tensioner shortly after the timing belt was replaced!

Finally, keep in mind that you are dealing with the second largest investment in your life. You also need a safe and dependable vehicle. The absolute best way to do achieve this is to have a qualified professional shop – like Denny’s Auto – keep your vehicle’s maintenance current. This especially applies to the timing belt. With the investment in your vehicle and in a timing belt/water pump replacement, insist on a stellar warranty to give you the peace of mind knowing it is done right and that you are covered. Here at Denny’s Auto, we offer our famous 3 year, unlimited mile warranty! That is three times the industry standard and three times what the dealer offers!

Hopefully this clears up any questions you had about timing belts. As always, consult with a shop you trust to ensure you are getting the best service possible with the best warranty around!  

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