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The timing belt on your vehicle is responsible for coordinating the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft so the valves in your engine open and close at the right times, and the vehicle runs smoothly. The timing belt allows the valves to be opened and closed once every other revolution of the crankshaft. The belt is made of rubber and has fiber strands in it that provide it with extra strength. It is also lined with teeth to help prevent it from slipping.

The lifetime of a timing belt depends on your specific vehicle type and engine, yet the average is 60,000 to 100,000 miles. It is important to have your vehicle serviced and the timing belt replaced between these average miles to prevent the belt from breaking. A broken timing belt is a much more extensive repair than replacing a working timing belt.

Over time, the timing belt can wear out, but they can also fail without notice. If the timing belt snaps, the valve will crash into the pistons causing a collision. This collision can bend the valves, damage the cylinder head or camshaft, and also do damage to the piston and cylinder wall.

It is a good idea to inspect your timing belt from time to time so you can see if it is showing signs of wear. If it does have wear and tear from being used over the years, contact a professional mechanic to have your timing belt replaced. Catching it ahead of time will save you from having extensive repairs due to the belt breaking. Furthermore, when the timing belt is replaced, the pulleys, tensioner, and water pump should also be replaced.

Since the timing belt can become worn and damaged over time, it is important to recognize the symptoms it shows before it completely breaks.

Signs your timing belt needs to be replaced include:

  • A squealing noise coming from the front of your vehicle

  • The vehicle will not start

  • The belt is cracked, has abrasions, or has a glossy appearance when you inspect it

To prolong the life of your vehicle, have a certified mechanic replace the failing timing belt to eliminate any further problems with your vehicle.


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James

29 years of experience
647 reviews
James
29 years of experience
Mitsubishi Endeavor - Timing Belt - Orlando, Florida
Punctual professional and knowledgeable mechanic would highly recommend and request for future services.
Dodge Journey - Timing Belt - Altamonte Springs, Florida
James is one of the best mechanics I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is prompt,deeply knowledgeable, and has a personality that inspires the confidence that the job will be completed perfectly.

William

18 years of experience
35 reviews
William
18 years of experience
Mazda B2500 - Timing Belt - Chandler, Arizona
William did a great job he replaced the timing belt on my truck and and did it in the time he said that it would take he also adjusted my quote as that there were some things that did not have to be done. very please with the work he performed and the price. I will call on William again as I have some other things that I need to have done on my truck.
Honda Pilot - Timing Belt - Avondale, Arizona
Great Mechanic!!! I could tell this guy knows what he is talking about. I just had a timing belt replacement, and he found another issue ...showed me all the codes... and gave me the option of canceling the timing belt to take care of the new issue. For maintenance sake I chose for him to continue the belt replacement. Very honest guy...No BS. He left my old parts as well, which was a great additional sign that the work was truly done. Can’t really say enough about this guy. Would definitely recommend and will be booking in the near future. Thank you William!!!!

Pardeep

20 years of experience
690 reviews
Pardeep
20 years of experience
Lexus RX330 - Timing Belt - Los Gatos, California
Pardeep was very profession. When talking with him he was very friendly and explained what he was doing so I could understand. I have already recommended him to some of my friends
Toyota Camry - Timing Belt - San Jose, California
Excellent service - would use again. Explained what he was doing and made sure the water pump was working after installing.

Chris

21 years of experience
1777 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Honda Civic - Timing Belt - Perris, California
Chris did an excellent job for replacing my car's water pump and timing belt. He explained everything and turns out great now i know that i won't have a leaky water pump no more.
Lexus ES330 - Timing Belt - Murrieta, California
Chris does a great job, checks his work and keeps me informed as to status. I request him when I use Your Mechanic. I feel like I can trust him.

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