Looking for timing belt replacement? Here at Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL our automotive mechanics have the right equipment and training to take care of your car and truck completely! We are your complete service automotive and truck repair and maintenance shop and your timing belt is one of the many things that we check and replace frequently on all makes and models.
A broken timing belt usually means catastrophe for an interference engine, and major inconvenience for a non-interference engine. In an interference engine, the valves and piston share the same air space. They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips, and this is a catastrophic failure that requires removing the head and replacing bent valves. Non-interference engines do not risk this contact if the timing belt goes. Nonetheless, either situation can leave you stranded, so regular timing belt service is very important.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Timing Belt?
- Suggested service intervals every 60,000 miles unless your manufacturer specifies longer
- Abnormal squeaking coming from the timing cover area.
- If the timing belt breaks, the car will not start.
What is the Timing Belt all about?
The timing belt is a rubber belt located in the engine compartment behind the drive belts. Its job is to keep the crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s), ensuring the proper timing and operation of the engine valves and therein, the engine.
How important is this service?
The timing belt drives the water pump in 60% of the cars. The labor cost of replacing the water pump is significantly higher than the cost of the pump. While replacing the timing belt, it is cost effective to replace the water pump. We highly recommend replacing the timing belt pulleys and tensioners. The tensioner applies pressure to the timing belt keeping it tight, while the pulleys keep the timing belt in line. These components are sealed units that contain bearings (they cannot be lubricated on a regular basis). The bearings wear out over time and may seize, causing the timing belt to come off, which can cause major internal engine damage. Ignoring the replacement of a timing belt as a part of scheduled maintenance, could result in major engine failure down the road.
You should not wait for your timing belt to break, it must be serviced regularly. Our team here at Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL will make sure your timing belt and everything else under the hood is working well and there are NO issues that will cause you major failures down the road. It's important to us that you simply get in your car or truck and drive! That's why we open those garage doors every day and your business is important to us. Here it is more than a job, it's about your vehicle and ensuring you can depend on it completely.