By: Louis Albornoz (topspeedracer.com)
Do you know when it is time to change a timing belt? The answer depends on the type of vehicle you have. The right time to change a timing belt is upon reaching the mileage interval specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer. In most cases, this is usually between 60,000 and 75,000 miles.
The exact mileage interval for changing your timing belt is usually specified in the owner’s manual. If you can’t find the owner’s manual, you can call and ask the service department of any dealership that sells your make of vehicle. They will know when the timing belt of your vehicle should be replaced.
A timing belt is a ribbed band of rubber and fiber that controls the timing of your engine’s valvetrain. It connects the crankshaft with the camshaft and it is necessary for the operation of your engine. If your timing belt breaks, you’ll be going nowhere fast.
Timing chains are more durable than timing belts but timing belts don’t need lubrication, are quieter, and cost less money. This is why most vehicles nowadays use timing belts. The downside to timing belts though is their limited life span. There are usually no indications of their impending failure either. They simply break or come off while you are driving and leave you stranded.
In some engines, serious valvetrain damage can occur when a timing belt fails and this can be very costly to repair. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to follow the timing belt replacement schedule recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Doing so will save you a lot of headache down the road.
When anyone asks me about when to change a timing belt, I always give them the same advice: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep that in mind and happy motoring!