What is Your Vehicle's Timing Belt?

The timing belt in a vehicle synchronizes the camshaft and the crankshaft, a necessary process for the engine to operate. A car can shut down in the middle of driving when the timing belt is damaged. It's important to keep the timing belt well-maintained because a broken timing belt can damage the engine and those repairs cost thousands of dollars. It's much less costly to keep the timing belt in good condition.

To know how often you need to change the timing belt, consult your owner's manual. Most cars have timing belts that need to be changed every 60,000-100,000 miles. An exception to this rule is if the timing belt begins showing signs of wear before you whatever mile level your owner's manual indicates. You should also immediately replace the belt if you hear a high-pitched squeaking sound coming from under the hood. Be prepared to replace the pulleys and tensioners when you replace the timing belt because these parts are usually in need of replacement around the same time.

Now that you know what a timing belt is and how often it needs replaced, you are a step closer to being a well-informed vehicle owner. Stop by Bend Honda whenever your car is in need of servicing.



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