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What is the Timing Belt and do I Need to Replace it?

What is the Timing Belt and do I Need to Replace it?

There are some services that your car requires that need to be completed without question. While you may think that your vehicle with more than 70,000 miles on it is running great now, in a moment's notice all that could change due to the failure of one part. The timing belt is a very important part of your vehicle, and should it snap it can wreak havoc for your engine. If the belt were to completely fail you'd likely find yourself with a vehicle that needs a complete engine rebuild. There could be some signs the belt is on its way out, but more often than not there is no warning. This is why it is important to have the belt replaced as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. What is the function of the timing belt? The timing belt is a small, toothed belt that connects the camshaft to the crankshaft. This in turn regulates the opening and closing of the valves. This ensures that cycle of the engine happens at the correct time, providing a smooth running motor ... read more

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