About Timing Belt and Chain Replacements05.2.2012
A little routine maintenance will extend the life of your car and save you money in the long run. One of the most important routine auto services for cars that have more than 50,000 miles is a timing belt or chain replacement. Here’s why:
What Timing Belts and Chains Do
Your car’s timing belt or chain is responsible for keeping your vehicle’s camshaft and crankshaft in sync. This essential component of your car instructs the camshaft to turn at half the speed of the crankshaft. Without the timing belt or chain, your car’s camshaft would not know when to open and close the engine’s valves to allow air and gas to go in and out of the engine. Additionally, your car’s crankshaft would not be able to convert the energy from your engine’s pistons into energy that’s required to turn your car’s wheels.
How Often Timing Belts and Chains Need Replacement
Timing chains, unlike timing belts, do not have a routine replacement interval. Sometimes, a car’s chain will be able to last as long as the car’s engine. Other times, especially if a car has been leaking any type of fluid, a timing chain will show signs of premature wear and require replacement. A timing belt, however, needs to be replaced every 50,000 to 90,000 miles in almost any vehicle. Check your car’s owner’s manual to find the exact recommendation for your vehicle.
Consequences of Neglecting Replacement
Failure to replace the timing belt or chain according to your car manufacturer’s recommendations can cause a range of expensive problems. If your timing belt or chain isn’t working, your car’s pistons and valves could collide, causing catastrophic engine damage. Though a timing belt or chain replacement is a moderate expense, it is far less than paying for damages caused by not performing routine maintenance.
For high-quality timing belt or chain replacement in the Chicago area, come to Bucaro Brothers Auto Care. If you have any questions, visit our website or call us at (773) 570-4541 for more information.