What’s The Big Deal With Timing Belts?

You can think of your car’s timing belt as a domino. Once it breaks, many other aspects of your car’s engine start to crumble. To say the least, the timing belt is imperative to the overall operation of your vehicle, which is why we want to talk about your car’s timing belt.


First off, what is the timing belt, and what exactly does it do?

The timing belt is basically a rubber belt, but its simplicity can be deceiving. This piece of machinery controls the timing of our car’s internal combustion engines. It ensures the crankshaft, which in turn controls the pistons, and the camshaft, which in turn controls the valves, rotate simultaneously.


What happens when the timing belt stop working?

The valves need to open and close at the right moment. If the valves are opening and closing at the wrong time, your engine may not potentially be able to burn fuel correctly, which is a big problem. Without a properly working timing belt, you are also prone to issues with your vehicle’s pistons and valves synchronization. If they are not in sync, then, most likely, they will collide. As you can imagine, this collision can cause severe damage to your engine, as it usually only takes one collision for the fragile valves in your engine to break.


How do we prevent one of these problems from happening?

The answer lies with routine maintenance. Unlike our car’s brakes or suspension, we aren't able to tell when our timing belt is in need of service or replacement. Fortunately, with routine maintenance, we are able to stop a problem before it begins. We will be able to replace your timing belt on time, before it leads to bigger and more expensive problems in the long run.


If you aren't sure of the last time your vehicle’s timing belt was inspected, we recommend bringing it to AutoPro Auto Service as soon as possible. Our team will inspect your timing belt thoroughly and accurately to make sure everything is running in optimal condition. To schedule an appointment, call us at (763) 703-6172. We are located at 7901 W. River Road in Brooklyn Park, MN.



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