Purpose of a Timing Belt

The engines of modern vehicles function using a timing belt. The belt is responsible for ensuring that the camshaft and the crankshaft turn at a predetermined rate to run the engine. Somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, the belt requires replacing due to normal wear and tear. The vehicle owner's manual typically provides a guideline of when the service is needed.

Otherwise, the engine cannot run efficiently. When the belt stops turning, the engine immediately shuts down. If the timing belt becomes damaged or breaks, you may the engine repair costs could run into thousands of dollars. This is especially true on newer models that come equipped with an interference engine. The way the engines are constructed, a faulty timing belt could lead to damaged intake valves or pistons.

Our team of technicians at LCM Used Car Center in Petersburg is trained and experienced to handle your vehicle's timing belt service needs.

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