How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt?

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How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt?

The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshafts and controls when valves open and close. A loose or worn belt will cause ticking or rattling noises, poor engine performance and overheating, usually triggering the Check Engine light. If the timing belt breaks, the engine can’t run (and on some engines it will cause internal damage). Most engines have timing chains, which typically don’t require replacing. Timing belts, though, often have a recommended mileage for changing. On some engines, it’s as soon as 60,000 miles. On others it can be 100,000 or more.

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2016-10-20T17:38:33+00:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Engine, Maintenance 101|1 Comment

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  1. Lillian Schaeffer August 11, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that rattling noises can indicate a loose or worn timing belt. I’ve noticed that my car has been kind of rattling recently, and I wasn’t sure what the problem was. I’ll definitely look into taking it in to have the timing belt replaced before it breaks and causes damage to the engine. Thanks for the great post!

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