How a Timing Belt Replacement Can Save You Money on Repair Bills

July 22nd, 2013 by

Timing belt replacement at Middletown Honda

Your timing belt is an important part of your engine’s ability to function. Like most vehicle components, when it’s working properly, you have no idea that it’s there. When it slackens or snaps, though, you’ll know pretty quickly that something is wrong. This is why, like regular oil changes and tire rotations, getting your timing belt replaced is important. Luckily, it’s one of those things you only need to take care of only a few times during your vehicle’s life.

And when you do, Middletown Honda, just a quick drive from Newburgh and Mahwah, can help you out. To stress how important this procedure is, let’s go over exactly what you timing belt does, what can go wrong with it, and why Middletown Honda is one of the best places to take care of it.

Your Timing Belt Keeps Your Engine Running Smoothly

To regulate the movement of air into your cylinders and exhaust out, your engine has special valves, operated by the cam shaft, which is turned by the timing belt. The valves move in a precise pattern that allows them to safely open without being hit by the rising piston.

If the timing belt loosens or becomes damaged, though, the valves will invariably be hit by the movement pistons. This will not only bend or break the valves, but could also crack the piston head, leading to a very expensive engine repair, or total engine loss.

A sure sign that your timing belt has gone is a very loud clattering in your engine, followed by your vehicle ceasing to work.

When to get Your Timing Belt Replaced

Your vehicle’s manual has a convenient service schedule that can inform you of exactly when you need to take care of different things like timing belt replacements, as well as oil changes and other essential services. And though changing you timing belt may cost a little more than other procedures, it is absolutely essential. Luckily, like we said, it only needs to be done a few times during the life of your vehicle.

If you would like to make an appointment with Middletown Honda, please feel free to give us a call or else schedule with us online. We’re located at Route 211, in Middletown, right next to the Gander Mountain. We look forward to doing business with you!

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