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Why You Need to Change Your Timing Belt

timing belt

Most drivers, young and old, know that the timing belt is an important part of their car’s engine. At the same time, many people struggle to say exactly why that is. Understanding the function of your timing belt will help you to know why (and when) the part needs to be replaced.

Timing

The main function is all in the title. While the belt itself is nothing fancy, it keeps two vital engine parts in sync:

  • Crankshaft
  • Camshaft

These parts control the pistons and valves. If the two shafts aren’t rotating in sync, you’ll experience serious problems with air intake and combustion.

Separation

If you only consider the pistons misfiring, a busted timing belt doesn’t sound like the end of the world. However, if engine parts aren’t coordinated, they’re likely to collide and become damaged. It’s expensive to replace a timing belt, but it’s far costlier to replace all of the surrounding engine components. Timing belt replacement is the type of preventative care that you can’t afford to ignore.

There aren’t clear signs that your timing belt is about to fail, so it’s important that you see a mechanic and keep track of when you last replaced the part. To learn more about this kind of timing belt replacement, contact Walnut Creek Import Service and Sales today.

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