Monthly Archives: March 2013

Timing Belt Warning Signs

Timing Belt Warning Signs

For older vehicles, one of the more common causes of a breakdown is a failed timing belt. Sadly, this is also one of the easiest breakdowns to prevent—and one of the most expensive to repair. Replacing a timing belt before it breaks can cost a few hundred dollars, but if it breaks while you're driving, the damage to your engine can total in the thousands. What is the timing belt? It's a small rubber belt that connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, controlling when the valves open and close. When the belt fails, the valves won't close in time, and the pistons hitting against them begin to cause damage immediately. (This is why repairs can be so costly when the belt fails—the engine itself may need to be rebuilt.) If your vehicle's odometer is in the 70,000 to 100,000 mile range, a good auto repair shop should begin talking to you about replacing the timing belt. This is not a suggestion to be ignored—it ... read more

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