The timing belt on your vehicle is an often overlooked component. Usually, no one ever checks their timing belt because it’s the typical ‘out of sight, out of mind’ scenario. Often times, timing belts fail and you’re stuck on a country road or interstate with no possible way to ‘limp’ to a safe place and get help. Once a timing belt breaks, your vehicle simply will not run and you’ll require a tow.
Without going into a long explanation of why your timing belt maintenance is so vital, here’s a very basic description of what your timing belt does: it is one belt, attached to one motorized pulley, that moves other pulleys in order for your vehicle to run properly. All of these components need to be synchronized and if their ‘timing’ is off, your vehicle will not run properly and your engine could suffer major damage.
The crankshaft is the ‘motorized’ pulley. It is the one that ‘powers’ the belt – to make it turn other components such as your water pump, which circulates water to keep your engine from overheating, and the camshaft, which controls the opening and closing of your engine’s internal valves. The relationship of the rotation of the crankshaft to the camshaft is so important that if the timing is off by a fraction of a second, catastrophic failure of your engine could result.
Over time, your timing belt will crack, stretch and breakdown due to excessive heat and use. Replace your timing belt before it actually breaks. The cost is very minimal and you’ll save by replacing it instead of letting it break, pay for towing, then having a potentially higher repair bill.
We’re experts in timing belt replacement and our ASE-certified mechanics are the best in the timing belt business. Call our shop for your appointment to have yours replaced: (919) 872-1999 or schedule your appointment online.
NOTE: You can visually check your timing belt yourself to see if it’s cracked. Here’s how:
- Open your vehicle’s hood.
- Look for a long, wide belt with several grooves in it (like the photo attached)
- If you see cracks in the belt, call us right away to have it simply replaced.