Timing Belt

Mechanic Utica NYFailing to replace the timing belt on your car at the recommended maintenance intervals can lead to catastrophic engine failure and a very expensive repair.

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust. All this happens thousands of times a minute and it’s your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run. And that’s the best case.

The worst case is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars.

Timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner’s manual or with your service advisor to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If you’ve never replaced your timing belt and have 60,000 or more miles on the clock, talk with your service advisor right away to see if you’re due.

On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to replace the water pump when you’re replacing the timing belt, and vice versa since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner – it should be inspected and possibly replaced.

Timing belt replacement is a complex service that our trained and experienced technicians perform routinely on all makes and models so you can count on us to make sure that it is done properly. Call us to schedule your timing belt replacement today.

Below is a list of vehicles for which we offer timing belt replacement, give us a call if you don’t see your vehicle on the list:

Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.