The Importance of Timing Belt Services

When you think of essential car services, you probably think of your regularly scheduled oil change or your annual inspections. Rob’s Automotive & Collision, the number one auto collision center in Bucks County, PA, and surrounding areas, would like to educate you on the importance of a timing belt service. Timing belts do not need to be serviced quite as often as some other parts, making them perpetually ignored by the general public. The timing belt is essential to the operation of your car’s engine and the most overlooked recommended service.

 

What is a Timing Belt?

A timing belt allows the internal combustion engine powering your car and all its elements to run smoothly and in a synchronized manner. A worn-out or broken timing belt could cause catastrophic damage to the engine, rendering the car useless. 

The timing belt is what organizes a coordinated rotation of the camshaft and the crankshaft. Working in mutual harmony, the camshaft and crankshaft are essentially responsible for the start and end of each engine cycle. Camshafts control the valves, while crankshafts control the pistons; this complicated arrangement uses a timing belt to manipulate the precise timing of each system. 

 

How Often Should You Replace a Timing Belt?

The timing belt doesn’t have a warning sign when it’s in a deteriorating state. You’ll know when it needs to be replaced because your engine will fail and leave you stranded. 

Generally, most timing belts in older cars will need to be replaced every 50,000 – 60,000 miles. However, each car is manufactured and operated differently, so we recommend checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the specific mileage or call Rob’s Automotive & Collision to schedule a complimentary 50-point inspection that includes checking your timing belt.

Make sure to get your timing belt replaced as often as recommended by an expert automotive technician. A timing belt replacement is much cheaper than extensive engine damage.

That’s why we here at Rob’s Automotive & Collision can assist you in making sure the manufacturer recommended services are complete to save you unnecessary repairs or cost.

Ready to schedule your next timing belt service? Don’t hesitate to call us at 215-826-9200. We have many locations specializing in automobile service, auto collision repair, and roadside assistance in Philadelphia, PA, and other major cities near you. 

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