Timing Belt Repair
Sacramento Timing Belt Repair
One of the most important parts for your car is the timing belt. Regular inspection of your timing belt or timing chain should be completed to detect issues before they become disasters.
What Is The Difference Between a Timing Belt and Timing Chain?
A timing chain, as the name implies, is often made from metal construction and usually housed within the engine. Timing belts on the other hand, are made from reinforced rubber and are located outside the engine. Whether your vehicle has a belt or a chain, the function of either is the same; to sync the operation of your engine’s camshaft and crankshaft, allowing engine valves and pistons to operate and open smoothly and efficiently.
Failure to maintain your timing belt or timing chain before it breaks can cause major damage to your valves, pistons, and other internal components of your engine. When this happens, these types of repairs are often extremely expensive and can sometimes require you to replace your entire engine.
How Often Should You Replace Your Timing Belt?
With timing belts and timing chains, prevention maintenance is key. Depending on the age of your vehicle, manufacturers typically recommend replacements of your belts, including serpentine belts, every 60,000 – 100,000 miles. Regular inspection of these components can give your service technician a better idea of their condition and provide an accurate recommendation for replacement timing in accordance with your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you are unsure when or if your timing belt or timing chain was last replaced, bring your car, truck, or SUV to Smog Mart and let one of our ASE Certified technicians diagnose your engine health. We will always recommend the right service or repair for your vehicle.