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Engine Timing

Timing belt from Ewing AutomotiveIgnoring Timing Belt Replacement Can Ruin Your Engine. Your vehicle’s timing belt controls the timing of the engines valves. Not all vehicles have a timing belt. Some have chains. Others have gears. If your vehicle has a timing belt, it usually needs to be changed every 60,000 to 90,000 miles depending on the vehicle. Ignoring your timing belt can ruin your engine. Disregarding a worn timing belt can cause engine valve issues, which are expensive to repair. If your timing belt breaks, the engine will suddenly stop and may cause severe internal damage. That is why it is important to get your timing belt replaced every 60,000 to 75,000 miles. When having your timing belt replaced, you should also replace your timing belt tensioner and idlers as well as the water pump, if the water pump is belt driven. The timing belt tensioner is the part of the engine that keeps the tension on the timing belt. Regularly changing your timing belt will ensure you get the maximum life out of your vehicle. Be sure to write down the mileage of your vehicle when you get your timing belt replaced. That way, you will know when it’s time to replace it again. Remember, replacing your timing belt is just as important as changing your car’s oil. You need both to keep your car running.