Your car or truck’s timing belt is responsible for controlling the opening and closing of your…
The Car Salon, Tirecraft division provides timing belt replacement services to Calgary, AB. and surrounding area. If you’re driving through Calgary, AB and you hear a series of squeaks and squeals, it might be time to have your timing belt serviced by an auto mechanic. Squeaks and squeals can often be the first sign that something is wrong with your car or truck’s timing belt and it is not a symptom to be ignored. On older models of cars and trucks, the damage a timing belt can inflict on an engine will nearly exceed the price of the car, which is why you should have the condition of your timing belt regularly checked by an auto professional.
On your car or truck, the timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, which controls the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. These valves allow air into the engine during the combustion process. Basically, a timing belt helps your vehicle’s engine maintain smooth and proper synchronization. Depending on the engine and model of car or truck, the valve configuration can either be interference or non-interference. An interference engine has valves and pistons that occupy the same air space, though they never touch unless your car or truck’s timing belt breaks or skips, which can be a disaster for the engine. A timing belt that breaks completely may require the removal of the engine head and the replacement of bent valves. A timing belt break on a non-interference engine does not risk the same type of damaging contact. In both cases, a clean timing belt break will result in a dead engine, leaving you stranded in the middle of a commute. The timing belt may also become worn or stretched over time, which results in poor engine performance and poor fuel economy.
Timing belts can last between 100,000 and 160,000 Km’s, though the mileage will vary from vehicle to vehicle. There are other factors involved in determining the longevity of your timing belt like terrain and how hard you tend to push your vehicle as a driver. Your owner’s manual will shed more light onto the interval duration of your timing belt, but if you misplaced your owner’s manual, our auto professionals in Calgary, AB will be able to find the information for you.
A timing belt replacement is an intensive procedure that should only be attempted by a certified mechanic in Calgary, AB. Since a timing belt replacement service is labor intensive, and the water pump can be accessed in the same service, our mechanics may recommend that you replace the water pump upon replacing your timing belt. This is one way to save on labor and avoid another timing belt replacement if your water pump happens to fail later.
Come check out our facility and consult with one of our mechanics to learn more about your car or truck’s timing belt service interval. We look forward to servicing all of your timing belt repair and replacement needs in Calgary, AB. Our quality customer service and accurate repairs aim to save you trouble later down the road. So make an appointment to have your timing belt inspected by a mechanic today.