Robin Hood Motors
Timing Belt & Chain Replacement
Your timing belt is a crucial part of your car that operates the camshaft and crankshaft to keep your engine working properly and opening the valves safely. However, don’t be fooled by the word belt as in older cars it might be a chain – regardless of its material – it is still equally important.
The life of a timing belt depends on the age of your car and it is important to be aware of what category yours fits into. If your car is older than it is possible it will need to be replaced at an earlier time of 60,000 miles, otherwise it will be around the 100,000 mark
If you haven’t been driving that long then you should also aim to get it replaced it around the five-year mark, otherwise it can sometimes affect the warranty. You will also often need to replace the belt if you have a problem with your water pump as it may need to be removed to get to it.
If your timing belt is starting to need replacing, it might start to slip and stop working properly however it is difficult to look out for. This is because it will slowly get less efficient over time instead of one major event however when it breaks your engine will too
This is why it is crucial to stay on top of the maintenance and follow the guidelines specific to your vehicle to avoid being stuck without it. If your belt breaks, then it can cause internal damage to the car that will cost a lot more than the belt.
If you’re not sure about your car’s service history or are unaware of how worn out your timing belt is, pop in and see us at Robin Hood Motors. Our staff will be happy to help and share their expertise to ensure your vehicle lasts as long as possible.