Timing Belt / Chain Repair

Your vehicle’s engine runs smoothly with a system of many working parts which need to perform their jobs at very specific timing. The timing belt or chain works with the camshaft and crankshaft in the engine to ensure that the valves and pistons move together at the right moment. If this process fails, your engine will not run. This goes to show just how important the timing belt or chain in your vehicle really is.

Timing belts and chains essentially perform the same function, but are made differently and are typically housed in different locations. The timing chain is housed within the engine to be lubricated with engine oil while timing belts are located on the outside of the engine. If you’re unsure of whether your vehicle has a timing belt or chain, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for this information. This is also a great resource to understand how often your timing belt or timing chain needs to be replaced as part of preventative vehicle maintenance.

How often you will need your vehicle’s timing belt or chain replaced will depend on the make and model of your vehicle. Typically, the interval is around every 60,000 miles. Most of the time, it is recommended that you also have the water pump replaced when having your belt and chain replaced, because these parts typically need to be replaced around the same time and usually the belt needs to be removed to access the water pump.

When a timing belt breaks, damage to your vehicle’s engine can occur. Typically it will cause bent valves or broken valve guides. However, a broken belt can also destroy the piston, bend connecting rods, and lead to severe engine problems. For this reason, it is vital to replace your timing belt or chain before it breaks. Engine damage can be costly, and replacing the timing belt or chain before it breaks can save you time and money.

When you need a timing belt or timing chain replacement in Huntington Station, give us a call here at Coventry Motors or use our online appointment form to schedule your next visit today!

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