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Timing BeltsThe timing belt is a belt made of rubber that helps to control the timing of your engine. This simple belt performs a very important function, and it ensures that the crankshaft and the camshaft are rotating together in sync. Your timing belt is important because the valves in your engine must open and close at the exact right moment to allow the intake of air into your engine. This allows the combustion of fuel, which provides energy to your vehicle. If it’s off-kilter or broken, it can limit the amount of air intake and make it more difficult to burn fuel effectively.

Another reason your timing belt should be in excellent condition is that it ensures that the valves and pistons are working correctly. If the pistons collide, it can result in a serious and very expensive repair. So, why do you need a timing belt replacement? There could be several reasons. First, the timing belt could simply wear down out of nowhere. This is called “sudden failure” and the belt will need to be replaced immediately. In other cases, the timing belt may have simply reached the end of its lifespan. Always check your owner’s manual to find out when your timing belt should be replaced. The general rule of thumb is every four years or every 90,000 miles or so.

If you’re in need of a new timing belt, the cost for the actual part is typically quite affordable. The high cost of a timing replacement comes in when you factor in the labor. The mechanic will need to find the location of the belt, and they usually have to dismantle and then reassemble the engine bay. This process alone can take several hours. Never trust your timing belt needs to just anyone. Be sure you take your vehicle to our experienced staff. We have the skill and know-how to replace timing belts right, and we make sure we get it done right the first time.

Always talk to a professional before you try to make any adjustments or changes to your timing belt. This extremely important part of your engine plays a huge role in the overall function and performance of your car. And, if it’s broken or worn out, you could run the risk of some serious damage if it goes ignored.

For all of your vehicle’s service, maintenance, and repair needs to contact The Shop Tire and Service Center in Elk River, MN at 763-441-5050 or schedule an appointment online today.

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