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Warning signs of an aging timing belt

Timing of a modern motor. Toothed belt and phase adjuster. Selected focus.

One of the most important components of your vehicle is the timing belt, which ensures that all of the valves and pistons inside the engine run smoothly and makes sure that the camshaft and crankshaft move in sync.

As your timing belt ages, it wears down and becomes increasingly susceptible to breaking or snapping. A break in the timing belt can cause the engine to fail completely, which makes it crucial to maintain your timing belt and replace it as soon as it shows signs of wear.

What Are The Warning Signs Of An Aging Timing Belt?

If your timing belt is wearing down and reaching the end of its lifespan, there are a few distinct symptoms you can look for to identify the issue.

  • Your engine won’t start
  • Your vehicle is performing poorly and has terrible fuel efficiency
  • Your engine misfires, slips, or runs roughly
  • A strange ticking noise is audible from under the hood

Why Is It Important To Replace My Timing Belt?

Replacing your timing belt as soon as you notice signs of wear is important to keep your car functioning and to protect yourself against disasters like engine failures. Aside from the danger and inconvenience involved in an engine failure, it will cost you significantly more to repair the result of a neglected timing belt than it will to maintain your timing belt and perform regular maintenance.

You should expect to be able to drive around 100,000 miles before your vehicle requires a timing belt replacement. You may be able to find advice tailored to your car model in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you notice symptoms of timing belt failure before it’s time for a replacement, however, you should take your vehicle into a repair shop for timing belt replacement as soon as possible.

Replace Your Timing Belt Today

If you’re noticing signs of an aging timing belt in your vehicle or your car is due for a timing belt replacement, it’s time to give your car the maintenance it needs. Our team of professionals is highly experienced in replacing timing belts, and we’ll ensure that your car is driving safely and at its best performance. If your car needs a timing belt replacement, we invite you to bring your car in today!