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Timing Belt

How the timing belt works:

The timing belt is part of most internal combustion engines.  It synchronizes the engine’s functions. The timing belt is made from rubber. It controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft and the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves to allow air and gas in and out, which causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. During this explosion, the valves push the pistons down.  Sometimes when the timing belt breaks, the valves, will open at the wrong time and hit the larger pistons and cause damage. The timing belt maintenance is crucial in the operation of the vehicle.  


When to replace the timing belt?

Unfortunately, the timing belt isn’t visible without removal of parts so inspecting the belt isn’t done routinely.  Knowing if the timing belt is in good health is difficult so in many cases, it will just break. That’s why highly rated auto mechanics recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Always check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Timing belt replacement cost:

Replacing a timing belt for preventive reasons with the relative components as well can cost between $1000 to $2500 depending on the type of vehicle.  However, replacing a broken timing belt may be very costly if the valves get damaged at the time of the breakage. Depending on the type of vehicle, the cost can be between $3000 to $4500.


Pearl City Auto Works can assist in determining when the timing belt needs to be serviced on Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Volkswagen, Audi, Subaru, Hyundai & Kia.  Pearl City Auto Works is highly experienced in timing belt maintenance & repair.

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