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Timing Belt Replacement: Is Your Car's Health Hanging by Strings?

As a car owner, you already know the extensive list of maintenance tasks facing you and your vehicle. You change the oil, rotate the tires and you even get an engine tune up. Not all vehicles have a timing belt (some have timing chains), but if your vehicle has a timing belt, when was the last time you had the belt examined by your mechanic? The timing belt is a rubber belt inside the engine compartment behind your drive belts. It keeps the vehicle's crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s). This ensures timing and operation of the engine valves. It is important to note that a timing belt is an integral component inside your engine, and if it fails, so will your vehicle.

When is the Right Time to Replace a Timing Belt?

Your timing belt is part of the vehicle's internal combustion and it is responsible for synchronization.
Here are a few things you should know about the timing belt:

  • In general, it should be replaced every 96,000 to 160,000 kilometres; depending on the manufacturer recommendations, weather fluctuations and the condition of the timing belt itself.
  • A trusted auto repair company will inspect related components. During that inspection, your vehicle's water pump, tensioner and pulleys are also inspected and assessed for replacement.
  • The timing belt should be replaced as part of your preventative maintenance plan instead of an emergency repair. When replaced for preventative reasons, you should budget between $600 to $1,200 CAD. This may include water pump, tensioner, seals and gaskets.

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What Happens if I Do Not Replace My Timing Belt?

If you ignore timely replacement of your belt, you could face not only emergency repair costs, but it is likely there will be other damage to the engine's components, including valves and pistons. The cost of these repairs is significantly higher than preventative maintenance and you could spend over $2600 CAD to get the job done right.

If your car needs timing belt replacement, trust in AutoNiche's service technicians to not only inspect and replace the belt, but also examine other critical engine components so you are not surprised by any issues and unplanned expenses.


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