Timing Belt Services
To keep the camshaft functioning in perfect timing with the pistons in your engine, a timing belt is needed. The timing belt is like the maestro of the gas combustion orchestra: all of the engine components needed to provide power to the wheels rely on the timing belt to keep everything performing in sync with each other. If there is a fault with the timing belt, critical functions of the engine will be interrupted, and the result could be a complete engine breakdown.
If your timing belt has been used beyond the manufacturer-recommended mileage (between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, typically), it’s time to have it inspected for wear or replaced with a new one. If you are unsure about the condition of your timing belt, we can perform an inspection and testing to make sure that your engine is functioning as it should.
Because accessing the timing belt of a vehicle can require extensive removal of multiple engine parts, it’s a good idea to replace other components at the same time, if needed. If the labor being performed requires dissecting your engine anyway, you could save thousands by replacing equipment that is at or near the end of its life. An example of such related components are water pumps, crankshaft seals, and camshaft seals.
Taking action and replacing faulty inner-engine components is important to get ahead of problems which may present themselves down the road. A blown water pump, for example, will result in your engine overheating and, potentially, seizing up completely. When crankshaft seals or camshaft seals go bad, overall engine performance suffers dramatically, and ongoing damage can be dealt to even more hardware within your engine.
At Thompson Automotive, we will never try to “sell” you on a repair or service that your vehicle doesn’t need. We make sure that we inform you of all your options, whether that be a simple, routine service like an oil change, or a more complicated service like a timing belt replacement. In any case, you can feel confident that you are working with trained automotive professionals who have you and your vehicle’s best interest in mind.
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A timing belt that is bad or failing will not usually exhibit symptoms. Worn components such as bearings or tensioners may make noise, or oil leaking from front engine seals may compromise the integrity of the timing belt, but in most cases you will not have any warning that the belt is going to break. Furthermore, the timing belt is covered by the timing cover and cannot be easily inspected. These are all reasons to be sure your belt is changed at the manufacturers recommended intervals. If you are unsure when or if your timing belt has been replaced, bring it in to Thompson Automotive today and let our expert technicians help you determine what’s right for your vehicle! Schedule an appointment today.