It’s All in the Timing

Signs Your Vehicle Needs a New Timing Belt

You’re getting ready to leave home and you try to start your car, but it doesn’t start. There can be any number of problems, some with easy fixes (like a dead battery). Many issues can be prevented with regular maintenance, and this includes your vehicle’s timing belt.

The timing belt is one part of a vehicle you may have heard mentioned many times, but don’t know where it is or what it does—until it breaks. When that happens you’ll have a dead vehicle and huge repair costs.

Without getting too technical, your vehicle’s timing belt is what allows your vehicle’s engine valves to open and close. To put it simply, without a functioning timing belt, your engine can’t function, either.

Unfortunately, your vehicle’s timing belt needs to be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles, or what is specified in your owner’s manual. Fortunately, replacing your timing belt is an easy fix and can be caught by your mechanic with regular maintenance.

You can also check your timing belt between maintenance checks. With a damaged timing belt, you won’t notice a difference in your vehicle’s performance—until your vehicle stops running. However, checking your timing belt is easy.

Using your owner’s manual as a guide, all you have to do is open your hood and look at it. The timing belt of most vehicles is located near the front of the engine. Once you find it you need to look for cracks or broken teeth on the belt. These are the signs that it’s time for a replacement. You must be sure to check your belt regularly, especially in the hot and dry climate of Albuquerque as your belt has a higher chance of drying out and cracking under these conditions.

If you’re looking for easy maintenance that can keep your car running smoothly, regular checks of your timing belt are important. It’s a part of your vehicle that you may never think about until it breaks, so be sure to save yourself the headache (and expense) of fixing it later when it’s so easy to maintain now!