A timing belt is similar to a bike chain, and it synchronizes the crankshaft and camshafts so the engine intake and exhaust valves open and close in time with the pistons. Some vehicles have longer-lasting timing chains rather than timing belts.
Timing belts often don’t cause any problems before they break, but if you notice any of the following, it may be a sign you need to replace your timing belt:
- Check engine light
- Leaking oil
- Decreased engine power
- Difficulty starting the vehicle
- Shaking or vibrating
- Ticking noise coming from the engine
- Rubbing or squealing noises from the belts
How Often Should You Replace a Timing Belt?
Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will tell you how often the manufacturer recommends replacing your timing belt. Usually, the interval is somewhere between 60,000-100,000 miles. You don’t want to wait too much longer than the manufacturer’s recommendation to replace your timing belt. Since it’s made of rubber, it wears down over time and will eventually break – seizing and damaging your engine.
Get a Timing Belt Replacement in Raleigh or Garner, NC
If your vehicle has reached the mileage where the manufacturer recommends replacing the timing belt, don’t wait. Bring your vehicle to Carfix in Raleigh or Garner, North Carolina, for a timing belt replacement before it breaks and leaves you stranded.
Carfix offers an industry-leading 5-year/50,000-mile limited parts and labor warranty, loaner cars, online appointment booking, financing options, and the goal of making your experience as fast and pleasant as possible.
Book an appointment at your closest Carfix location for a timing belt replacement today.