When Do I Need to Get My Car’s Timing Belt Changed?

Schedule an appointment with us for a timing belt inspection every 60,000 miles. It might be that we won’t need to replace the timing belt at that time, but, on average, a timing belt does need to be changed at this mileage duration. If you fail to change your timing belt, you open the door to serious engine damage that will set you back thousands of dollars. Midwest Auto Care explains more about your car’s timing belt and why changing it is so important below.

Timing Belt Function

Your automobile either has a timing belt or a timing chain. If it has a timing belt, this is what maintains your engine’s timing so that the pistons do not damage the valves. Connected to the crankshaft and the camshaft, the timing belt is a thick, large band with teeth inside of it. The crankshaft turns the timing belt so it can move the pistons up and down. This movement works in conjunction with when the valves open and close.

Changing the Timing Belt

We won’t lie. Changing the timing belt is not cheap. Because of the labor involved in replacing this auto part, it can cost as much as $700 to change your timing belt. This might make you think that ignoring the service will save you money but, as you’ll see below, it will actually cost you money. On average, timing belts should be changed anywhere from 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommendation, although, we do recommend an inspection every 60,000 miles to play it safe as we discussed above.

Broken Timing Belt

If the timing belt breaks, your engine’s timing is immediately thrown off and the pistons will crash into the valves. As if this damage isn’t enough, you may also end up with a decimated crankshaft or engine block. Your automobile will stop immediately, and you won’t be able to get the engine started again, but this is actually a good thing. The broken timing belt will continue to cause damage if it is spinning, so it’s important to let sleeping belts lie, if you will.

When you take this engine damage into account, the price tag to replace the timing belt every 60,000 miles seems small. Midwest Auto Care is the best auto service shop in Lake Station, IN, so give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a timing belt inspection if your vehicle has one and you’ve driven your automobile 60,000 miles or more.

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