The experts at Team Gillman Mazda will happily let you know the signs of a malfunctioning timing belt.
A failing timing belt may cause a myriad of symptoms, such as noises coming from under the hood, a misfiring engine, and low engine performance. In almost all cases, if the timing belt breaks, the worst-case scenario is that engine will not run at all, and the engine will not restart without a timing belt replacement. In other cases, a timing belt failure can result in serious damage to the engine. We should note that some cars have a timing chain instead of a timing belt, but they do the same job. Other symptoms of a worn Timing Belt may include the Check Engine light coming on, clanking or ticking noises coming from under the hood, and excessive engine vibrations. While, perhaps, not as well-known as other parts like the brakes, shocks, or transmission, the timing belt (or timing chain) is a pivotal component that needs attention.
The timing belt ensures that the crankshaft and camshaft are synchronized with the engine. The synchronization of the crankshaft and camshaft is critical for the engine's valves to open and close in the correct sequence, allowing the engine to run correctly. Timing belts are likely to break down over time because they are usually constructed using rubber. Some vehicles are equipped with timing chains, they serve the same function but are constructed of metal instead of rubber. Timing chains can be more durable but also need to be replaced due to wear and tear.
The timing belt should be according to the recommendations from the vehicle manufacturer. This time period can land between every 60-100,000 miles or every 5-7 years, depending on the make and model and usage of the vehicle. You may want to replace the timing belt sooner due to how the engine is driven (such as frequent short trips, extreme hot or cold weather, or high-mileage use). Overall, it is better to replace the timing belt early to avoid major engine damage.
The price of replacing a timing can vary depending on several factors, like replacement costs, the make and model, and the age of the vehicle. For example, a timing belt replacement on an old car with a basic engine design should have a lower price than a new sports car with a sophisticated engine design. Additionally, some manufacturers may highly suggest that other parts be replaced, such as the water pump, idler pulleys, and tensioners, which can obviously increase the cost of the replacement service.
Team Gillman Mazda is one of the most trusted places to get Houston auto service and repair. If your vehicle is showing signs of needing a new timing belt, visit us in person or online to schedule a service appointment. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to serve you no matter your vehicle's make and model. Drive a little. Save a lot. That's the Team Gillman Advantage.