Your vehicle consists of hundreds of parts (thousands if you include the little nuts and bolts). The timing belt is one of those indisposable parts for many different functions of your car. It plays a vital role by helping the camshaft and crankshaft move in sync and regulating the engine valves and pistons.
Over time, this rubbery component will wear down and can snap and break if you don't replace it on time. When this happens, it can cause your engine to fail. It is highly recommended that your timing belt be replaced before leading to this kind of catastrophe.
On average, most cars can drive up to 100,000 miles with no problems before requiring a timing belt replacement. While this may be true for most cases, you will want to read your owner's manual to determine when you need a timing belt replacement. Other than the indicated mile mark, you can look for the warning signs of an aging timing belt:
- Car start problems
- A ticking sound coming from under the hood
- The engine slips or misfires
- The engine runs rough
- Bad engine performance
- Poor fuel economy
It is always wise to learn and understand the failing signs of a vehicle part, especially your timing belt. If you catch any signs of a bad timing belt, you should immediately bring your car to Avid Autowerx in Cincinnati, OH, for a timing belt inspection and replacement. Our team is more than qualified to handle all your auto service needs!