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When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

The timing belt is one of those items in your car's engine that you may have never heard of. If you have, you might not even know what it does. Nevertheless, it is an important part of your car's health and over time, it should be replaced. What does the timing belt do? The timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and the crankshaft. In turn, this controls the engine's valves which allow gas and air in and out of the engine. The valves have to open and close at the correct time and the belt helps them to do that. If the belt breaks, the valves will open and close at the wrong time. This could cause the pistons in the engine to collide and damage each other and if that happens, you will have a huge repair bill on your hands. When should I replace the timing belt? In general, most auto mechanics recommend changing the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. You can also check your car's owner's manual for the vehicle manufacturer's recommendat ... read more

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