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Maintenance February 25, 2016

Do I Need to Replace My Timing Belt?

Your vehicle’s timing belt is a vital part of your vehicle.  It helps operate your vehicle’s engine, alternator, air conditioner and power steering pump. The recommended interval to replace your timing belt varies significantly by manufacturer and can range between 70,000-110,000 miles. This specific information can be found in your vehicle’s owner manual or by simply calling Virginia Tire & Auto.

Changing your timing belt offers a variety of benefits for you and your vehicle, including: 

  1. Increased horsepower and acceleration
  2. Better gas mileage
  3. Avoiding additional auto repair costs

Neglecting to replace the timing belt at the recommended time could result in engine failure, broken or bent valves, cylinder or camshaft damage and possibly piston and cylinder wall damage. This is not the type of situation where it’s safe to think: ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’ Avoiding this routine maintenance could result in several thousand dollars in damage.

Here are some signs that it might be time to replace your timing belt:

  • Decreased engine power
  • Overheating
  • Vibrating or shaking
  • Trouble starting the vehicle
  • Squealing or rubbing noises from the belts
  • Visually seeing any cracks, tears or fraying

Drive into Virginia Tire & Auto and let our experienced technicians examine and replace your vehicle’s timing belt with quality service and affordable prices. Click HERE to make an appointment at one of our 17 convenient locations.

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