Is Your Timing Belt to Blame?

Today's cars operate with timing belts. The timing belt synchronizes the camshaft and the crankshaft making sure they are turning at the same rate. If the timing belt breaks, the engine will shut down immediately. The shutdown can cause extensive damage and expensive repairs. Inspecting the timing belt is important.

The owner’s manual will give a mileage range you should get the timing belt replaced in, for example, 80,000 to 90,000 miles. When it is time to replace the belt other parts of the engine usually are replaced at the same visit. Some signals of a failing timing belt are ticking sounds coming from the car. When you hear this warning signal, you should contact the service department as soon as you can. Another signal to be aware of is an engine misfire. If the timing belt is slipping, it will cause one cylinder to open or close earlier. This will cause a misfire.

If your car is experiencing any of these issues, contact the service center at i.g. Burton & Co. Inc for a timing belt inspection.

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