What is a Timing Belt?

The timing belt is a belt that connects your car's camshaft and crankshaft and keeps them turning at a synchronized rate. The crankshaft controls your engine's pistons, while the camshaft opens and closes the engine's valves. These two parts need to work together to keep your vehicle running, so your engine will immediately shut down if your timing belt fails.

Your timing belt needs to be changed regularly. If you don't, it could eventually break, which can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs to your engine. Your vehicle's manual will tell you how often your timing belt needs to be changed, but the schedule usually ranges between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. You should also replace your belt if you hear a shrieking or whining sound from under your hood or you see any fraying in the timing belt itself.

Changing your car's timing belt can be complicated, so contact Crest Honda if you are uncomfortable attempting the job by yourself.



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