The experts at Team Gillman Subaru North will happily let you know the signs of a failing timing belt.
A worn timing belt can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as strange noises coming from under the hood, a misfiring engine, and decreased engine power. In almost all situations, if the timing belt snaps, the engine will no longer run, and the vehicle will not restart without replacing the timing belt. In other, more unique, cases, a broken timing belt can result in catastrophic damage to the engine. It should be noted that some cars have a timing chain rather than a timing belt, but they work in the same way. Other signs of a worn Timing Belt may include the Check Engine light coming on, ticking or clanking noises coming from under the hood, and excessive engine vibrations. While, perhaps, not as obvious as other components like the transmission, brakes, or shocks, the timing belt (or timing chain) is a crucial 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 vital for the engine's valves to function in the correct sequence, allowing the engine to function correctly. Timing belts are likely to break down over time because they are typically constructed using rubber. Some cars are equipped with timing chains, they do the same job but are constructed of metal instead of rubber. Timing chains can be more durable but will still need to be replaced due to wear and tear.
A timing belt ought to be replaced when directed by the vehicle manufacturer. This time period can range from every 60,000 to 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, based on how the vehicle is driven (such as frequent short trips, extreme hot or cold weather, or high-mileage use). Generally, it is better to replace the timing belt before it fails to avoid serious engine damage.
The cost of timing belt replacement can change depending on several factors, like the age of the vehicle, the make and model, and the cost of the replacement parts. For example, a timing belt replacement on an older engine with a more basic engine design will likely have a lower cost than a newer sports car with a complex engine design. Additionally, some manufacturers may highly suggest that other parts be replaced, such as the water pump, tensioners, and idler pulleys, which would increase the price of the replacement service.
Team Gillman Subaru North 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.