The timing belt helps to synchronize the functions of the engine. It can be tricky to recognize the warning signs of a breaking timing belt, so it is recommended that the belt gets replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles to prevent breakage from happening while you are on the road.
The timing belt is located in front of the engine under a timing cover. It’s made of high-quality rubber and nylon-reinforced cords to help extend the lifetime of the belt. Even still, the timing belt is subjected to extreme conditions which is why the continual wear-and-tear happens. Your engine will not be able to run if your timing belt breaks.
Not all cars have a timing belt, and is usually found in smaller cars and SUVs that have smaller displacement engines. There are a couple signs you can look out for when your timing belt is going bad:
If you suspect your car needs a new timing belt, bring it in to TIm Small Automotive and our ASE certified mechanics can replace it for you and inspect your other internal components to make sure they haven't suffered any damage.