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Posted: 05/31/2022

Do I Need a New Timing Belt?

When it comes to car maintenance, one of the most important - and often overlooked - components is the timing belt. A timing belt keeps the engine running smoothly, and if it's not in good condition, can cause all sorts of problems. So how do you know when it's time to change your timing belt? In this blog post, we'll discuss the signs that indicate you need a new timing belt.

What is a Timing Belt Exactly?

A timing belt is a rubber belt that synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft in your engine, ensuring that the valves open and close at the correct time. The timing belt also keeps the pistons from colliding with the valves - a situation that would cause major engine damage. 

Where is the Timing Belt Located?

The timing belt is located inside the engine, and in most cars, is not easy to see. In some engines, the timing belt is located under a timing cover - a plastic or metal housing that protects the timing belt from debris and oil leaks. 

Can I Replace My Own Timing Belt?

If you had to ask the first two questions, then no, you definitely should not do this job yourself.  The timing belt is a delicate and critical component, and replacing it requires special tools and knowledge. It's best to leave this job to a professional technician.. 

Do Timing Belts Really Need To Be Replaced?

The timing belt is made of rubber, and over time, the rubber will deteriorate. If the timing belt snaps, it can cause major engine damage - in some cases, requiring an entirely new engine. For this reason, it's important to replace your timing belt according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule.

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Will A Timing Belt Last 10 Years?

It's possible, but not likely. As Indiana Jones said, it's not the years, it's the mileage. Expect a timing belt to last from 60,000-100,000 miles. 

What are the signs of a timing belt going bad?

There are a few signs that your timing belt may be going bad:

- Your car's check engine light is on

- You hear unusual noises coming from the engine

- The engine is running rough or misfiring

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.

What Noises Does a Bad Timing Belt Make?

If your timing belt is going bad, you may hear a ticking noise coming from the engine. This is because the timing belt is loose and not moving correctly. You may also hear a rattling noise - this is caused by debris that has become lodged in the timing belt. 

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How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Timing Belt?

The cost to replace a timing belt will vary depending on the make and model of your car, as well as the labor costs at your local repair shop or dealership. In general, you can expect to pay between $500-1000 for timing belt replacement. 

Should I Replace Other Components While Replacing The Timing Belt?

Neglecting to replace the tensioner and pulley(s) at the same time you replace the belt can ultimately shorten the life of the belt as well as other front-end accessory components.  A worn or noisy belt is usually only part of the issue. Ask your technician about performing a complete system repair. It doesn't add much time to the job because there are complete kits available to make the job easier.

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When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

As we mentioned before, it's important to replace your timing belt according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. This is usually between 60,000-100,000 miles, but it's always best to consult your owner's manual to be sure. 

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