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Timing Belt Replacement Can Save You Money

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If you’ve driven your car more than 70,000 miles, there’s a good chance a the timing belt is over-worn and a breakdown is imminent. If it breaks before being replaced, your engine could be lost and repair costs could be staggering, but if the timing belt is replaced in your vehicle before it breaks, it’s a relatively low-cost repair.

replace your timing belt des moinesJust about anyone can inspect a timing belt. It’s the thick-toothed rubber belt that helps power the engine and control the camshaft, crankshaft, valves, and pistons. Periodically checking the belt for wear can reveal small cracks in the rubber or missing teeth that can hinder engine performance.

Unfortunately, too many drivers fail to inspect the timing belt or have it replaced before it’s too late. If it snaps while you’re driving, you’ll be stranded and your car will need to be towed. If you’re lucky, replacing the timing belt will get you back on the road. But in many cases, a broken timing belt damages the engine too. And that can be expensive to repair.

Timing Belt Replacement Recommendation
Most car manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt every 70,000 to 110,000 miles. Remember, in most cars the timing belt is a wearable part made of rubber. It won’t last forever with all the friction it endures along with hot and cold temperatures. Inspecting your timing belt and having replaced before it breaks can save you thousands of dollars. When your timing belt is replaced as recommended, it typically only costs a few hundred dollars.

Warning Signs of a Bad Timing Belt
Sometimes a timing belt can reach the end of its life without warning. One minute you’re driving down the road, the next minute your engine is running but you’re not going anywhere. It’s a good reasons to have the timing belt replaced based on the recommended guidelines before it’s too late. However, there are a few warning signs to be aware of that are telltale signs of a timing belt about to break:

  • Trouble starting the car. If you can rule out the battery, starter, or lack of fuel, a bad timing belt may be the problem. A poorly functioning timing belt can interfere with the car’s ignition timing.
  • Thick smoke from the exhaust. If your car begins emitting thick smoke from the tail pipe and it progressively gets worse, it’s an indicator that fuel in the engine isn’t being used efficiently. Poorly functioning valves linked to a bad timing belt may be to blame.
  • Shaking or vibrating engine. When the timing belt in a car begins to age, gets stretched out over time, or has missing teeth, you may notice more shaking or vibrating from the engine.
  • Hot engine, leaking fluids. If you’re not taking care of your car, the engine could be running hotter than it should be or it could be leaking fluids. These conditions can further weaken and damage the timing belt.

Taking care of your car and avoiding costly repairs with routine maintenance can save you time and money in the long run. If your car is due for a timing belt replacement, or you just want to have it inspected, give us a call or click here to schedule service on your car today!

Before more ice and snow hit…

Fall is pretty, but any second it can turn to freezing temperatures and the dreaded snow fall, just like what happened last night. Although it may start to warm up in the next few days, make sure you bring in your vehicle to Beckley so we can do some maintenance checks on the following:

• Tire Checks (for every 18°F of temperature drop, tire pressure goes down by one pound – make sure your spare tire is fully as well)
• Battery check (batteries work harder when it’s cold and the colder temperatures can compromise its performance up to 60 percent. Having it tested to see if it needs replaced could save you from sitting outside in it during a blizzard)
• Cooling System Check
• Brake Inspection
• Headlight Check (this includes all the turn signals and hazard lights)
• Windshield Wipers (you never know when that blizzard will hit and you can’t have the wipers smashing snow about)
• Engine

At Beckley, we want you to be safe drivers, as well as be prepared of any situations. Having the following items in your car could help if there is an accident:

• Windshield scraper and snow brush
• Lightweight shovel
• Bag of sand, wire traction mat or abrasive substance
• Spare tire
• First aid kit
• Flashlight
• Flares
• Battery jumper cables
• Blankets
• Emergency drink or snack
• Extra coat or boots

Even though we have cell phones to call for help, it is still good to be prepared because you never know if your service will go down or your phone will be inoperable.  So stay prepared and let us help take care of your car so that your chances will be lesser in case.