Replacing a Timing Belt – Why it’s Vital to Do it on Schedule

When was the last time you replaced your timing belt? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably time you get yours replaced by professionals! Yes, replacing a timing belt can increase the price of your next service but NOT replacing a timing belt will cost you a LOT more in the long run.

What is a timing belt?

The timing belt plays an important role in the functioning of your car. Located in front of the engine, the timing belt is a rubber belt with teeth. Although it seems so insignificant, it has a vital function. The timing belt drives both the crank shaft and the cam shaft. These shafts move the pistons and open the valves at the correct time in your car’s engine, ensuring fuel ignites and your car moves.

When should I get it serviced?

Timing belts should be replaced every 5 years or after every 100,000km, and for a good reason. Unlike most car parts, your timing belt will display no warning signs when it is about to break. If the belt breaks, the valves in your car’s engine will open at random times. These valves will then hit the pistons unexpectedly, causing damage to your engine. If the timing belt doesn’t work, your engine won’t start and it could cost you big time to repair!

Why is it so expensive?

Getting your timing belt replaced will add to the cost of your service. The reason why it’s so expensive isn’t the cost of the part, it’s the time taken to do the upgrade. In order to replace your timing belt, the mechanic needs to completely disassemble the engine bay or your car. Although this process requires time, effort and money, it’s a small price to pay to ensure your car stays on the road and keeps you safe.

Should I just replace it myself?

Although it is possible, there are serious ramifications if you replace the belt incorrectly. From causing minor damage to destroying your engine, DIY timing belt replacing can have dire consequences for your car. A fully qualified timing belt specialist is the best way to go when it comes to fitting your timing belt.

What can we do?

Here at JA Tofts and Co. , we understand that you want your car to be in proper working order. Having been around since 1958, we offer exceptional service and the ability to work with a huge variety of vehicles, including cars, industrial and agricultural equipment. So you know your car will be in safe hands with us. From timing belts to any other issue your car has, we’ll be there to help. Bring your car to us for a service and feel confident that you and your family will be safe. Is it time for your timing belt to be replaced? Contact us now to book her in now!

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