A timing belt is a simple device that keeps your engine's valves and pistons operating in synch. Without one, your car won't run properly. If unsure how often to change your timing belt, you should check with the manufacturer or a mechanic working on this type of car. But here are some general guidelines:
When Should You Replace Your Timing Belt?
Replace the timing belt when worn, broken, slipping, noisy, leaking, or cracked. If you are experiencing any of these problems with your belt, it is time to replace it.
Replace the belt if any of these conditions apply:
- When your car reaches 50% of its original length (this will depend on your car's age), it is time for a replacement.
- A sign that oil or coolant has contaminated the belt. It could lead to premature failure, which could cause engine damage.
What Is a Timing Belt and How Does It Work?
A timing belt keeps the valves opening and closing at the right time. The timing belt connects your engine's crankshaft to its camshaft, which is responsible for controlling all the valves in your engine.
You will need to replace timing belts often because they wear out over time. Depending on your vehicle's make and model, this can be anywhere between 80,000 - 160,000km. Check with a professional mechanic if you're unsure how many miles your car has on its timing belt.
What Happens if You Do Not Change Your Timing Belt?
If you don't change your timing belt, it will eventually break and stop the car. It can happen while driving, at a stoplight, or in the middle of a highway.
You'll probably notice something is wrong when there's no more power from the engine or if it starts making strange noises that weren't there before.
If this happens while you're driving, pull over as soon as possible and turn off all electrical systems (radio, heater). Don't try to restart your car until a mechanic comes to help.
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