Inspect Your Timing Belt to Avoid Costly Repairs

Regular Timing Belt Inspections Can Help You Keep Your Car Running Great for Many Miles

Timing Belt

Don't forget about your timing belt

If you are a vehicle owner, chances are that you are familiar with some of the types of services that your car needs in order to continue to run properly. Aside from regular oil changes, tire rotations, and new brakes, there’s another important part that should be inspected regularly: your car’s timing belt. If your vehicle’s timing belt is not inspected regularly, you run the risk of it breaking at an inopportune moment. Not only is having a disabled timing belt extremely inconvenient, but it can also cause hundreds of dollars in damage to the engine.

The timing belt, sometimes referred to as the Gilmore belt, is one of the most important components in your vehicle. It allows the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine valves. Your vehicle’s engine cannot run without this belt.

When you take your vehicle to your local dealership or service center for a timing belt inspection, the mechanic will thoroughly look for any signs of wear, such as excessive slack, shredding, or cracks. He or she will also take the time to look for signs of oil leaks from the adjacent seals. Leaking oil can not only damage the belt, but also shorten its life. After the inspection has been completed, the mechanic will be able to give you an update on its condition. We recommend that if your mechanic tells you your timing belt needs to be replaced, you have this done immediately in order to avoid more costly repairs down the road.

It is important to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out exactly how often your particular vehicle will require this type of maintenance. Also, before heading into your local service center, be sure to check their website. Many times you can find a number of money-saving coupons or discounts good for a variety of services, including timing belt inspections.

Properly caring for your vehicle is the most important thing that you can do in order to keep it working properly and to ensure that you get the most out of it. Paying for inexpensive services now is smarter than having to cough up hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars down the road for a service that would have otherwise been unnecessary.

May 29, 2012 by Jamie Rettig