Your vehicle’s timing belt is the one of the items whose failure could most likely mean the end for your engine. This because if your timing belt wears out it can be catastrophic to your vehicle’s engine. Meaning that the maintenance and the timing of the maintenance on this component is critical.
What Is Timing Belt Repair
Simple put, the timing belt is a ribbed belt that is run in a specific setup on one side of a vehicle’s engine to keep the crankshaft and camshafts timed properly. In essence, it keeps the top half of your engine (valves) synced to the bottom half (crankshaft). If your car is 15 years old or older, it most likely has a timing belt. The best way to determine if your vehicle has a timing belt or not is to refer to the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual or stop by Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton and one of our ASE trained Service Advisors can look it up for you. Generally manufacturer’s recommend a maintenance schedule for timing belt replacement differs between vehicles, most timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or 5 years – whichever comes sooner.
There are two types of engine timing configurations that employ timing belts: interference and non-interference. An interference engine means that the valve’s stroke and piston’s stroke occupy the same space in the cylinder at different times, so the timing belt keeps them from colliding with each other. If the timing belt snaps, the cylinder and valves will most likely hit each other, which most commonly causes bent valves but can also result in cylinder head or camshaft damage, and possibly piston and cylinder wall damage. It is possible to get lucky and not suffer any damage from a snapped timing belt on an interference engine, but very unlikely. On a non-interference engine, pistons and valves never occupy the same space, so if the timing belt snaps, no valve or cylinder damage should occur, and theoretically, replacing the broken timing belt will revert your engine to normal function.
If you’re thinking of changing your vehicle’s timing belt is not an easy job to do on your own. It’s much harder than just changing a set of wheels and doing it wrong, especially on an interference-type engine, can result in much more severe and expensive damage. At Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton our ASE trained technicians have the experience to replace all types of timing belts and timing chains on all makes and models. Additionally, all of our work is also back by a NAPA nationwide 2 year, 24,000 warranty and can easily be extended to 3 years and 36,000 mile for a nominal fee. Also we know that there’s never a convenient time for a large repair, and that’s why we offer easy financing (OAC) to help get you back on the road as soon as possible.
If your vehicle is ready for Timing Belt Repair or are not sure and would like to have it diagnosed, contact Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton today at 714-525-3239. Remember always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
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