What is a Timing Belt and How Often Should it Be Replaced?
The timing belt is a critical component of your vehicle’s engine, designed to ensure everything runs smoothly. It synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft, ensuring each cylinder fires at the correct time, and makes sure the valves operate properly. While older models may have a timing chain, similar to a chain on a bicycle or motorcycle, newer models use high-quality rubber belts with hard teeth. Due to its composition and the stress it bears, the timing belt will need to be replaced occasionally due to wear. The mileage at which you should have your timing belt inspected and replaced varies by model but is approximately 60,000 to 1000,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s particular recommendation. Preventative maintenance is imperative to the optimal performance of your vehicle and the prevention of costly repairs, as a compromised timing belt can damage the internal parts of your engine.
Certified Service for Your Timing Belt
Having your timing belt replaced is a labor-intensive, detailed process. Add to this the fact that the belt can be difficult to access in many models, and suffice to say, replacement is not an easy job. It should be performed by a professional, and preferably one who knows the inner workings of your particular car, truck, or SUV. At Findlay Buick GMC Prescott, our certified technicians are the local experts in your vehicle. We use genuine OEM parts that are backed by a manufacturer warranty, so you can rest assured that your new timing belt and the engine in which it is installed, will function properly and optimally.
Signs That You May Need a New Timing Belt
Sometimes there are no warning signs before the timing belt in your engine breaks. There are a few potential indicators, however, to look out for. If your Buick or GMC is experiencing any of the following issues, bring your car in so we can inspect it and replace the timing belt if needed.
- Rough idling
- Engine misfires
- Overheating or smoke emanating from the engine
- Decreased oil pressure
- Broken valves or pistons
- Abnormal noises from the engine, such a ticking or squealing
- Leaking oil near your motor
- Exhaust issues
- Engine vibration or shaking
- Check engine light illuminates
Risks of Delaying Timing Belt Replacement
When the timing belt breaks, the engine components will no longer be in sync. The engine won’t work and can sustain irreparable damage, potentially causing engine failure. To avoid expensive repairs and an engine replacement, keep up with the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Don’t ignore the replacement of your timing belt. This is one instance when ignorance is not bliss.
Timing Belt Replacement Services at Findlay Buick GMC in Prescott, AZ
At Findlay Buick GMC Prescott, our certified technicians can perform a detailed examination of your engine and timing belt, assess any potential damage, and replace the belt for you. If damage has been caused to your engine, we can repair components, or replace the engine for you if necessary. When you need a critical service such as this performed, go to the experts you can trust. Schedule an appointment with our certified technicians using our easy online scheduling system, then take advantage of our courtesy transportation shuttle, kids play space, and complimentary drinks and coffee.
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- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Courtesy Loaners
- Courtesy Transportation Shuttle
- Children’s Play Area
- Quiet Room
- Parts & Gear Boutique
- Complimentary Beverage & Coffee Bar
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- Certified Technicians
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- Comfortable Waiting Area
- Extended Hours
- Saturday Service Hours
- Performance & Customization Department
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