The timing belt is an often overlooked part of the car but it plays an important role.
When an auto technician tells you that your car needs a timing belt and it was going to cost $500 or more, you might assume it’s a scam.
But it really is not, replacing the timing belt is absolutely crucial.
Your engine depends on the timing belt, as an integral part of your engine. If the timing belt fails, so does your engine, causing your car to die right there.
So if you are driving 70 mph on the freeway it broke, you will lose steering and brakes power assist so It is definitely a safety issue.
How the timing belt works
The timing belt is a rubber part of most internal combustion engines and is responsible for synchronizing engine functions. It controls the rotation of the camshaft in accordance with the crankshaft. It times the opening and closing of valves to allow air and fuel in and out of the engine.
In order for the process to take place, the valves have to open and close at the right time, otherwise the valves can hit the pistons and mechanical damage to the engine and valvetrain will follow.
When to replace the timing belt?
Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no obvious signs the timing belt is near death; it will just break. That is why we recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Always check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Timing belts used to be a relatively ignored maintenance item by many drivers. Vehicles run much longer and the cost to repair damaged engines has increased substantially due to complexity and increased technologies in the newer engines. Now most timing belt replacement jobs are for preventive maintenance.
Timing belt replacement cost
Replacing a timing belt for preventive reasons typically costs $500 to $900. However, replacing a broken timing belt may cost up to $6,000 or more if it caused damage to the valves, pistons or water pump. It can be very stressful and should not be ignored.
Hope this helps.
Integrity Auto Care