Phoenix Timing Belt Repair
The timing belt in your vehicle is a critical component, and its failure can lead to catastrophic damage to your engine. It is therefore essential to properly maintain and replace this part on time.
In simple terms, the timing belt is a ribbed belt that runs on one side of your engine to keep the camshafts and crankshaft timed correctly. It ensures that the top half of the engine, which comprises the valves, is synchronized with the bottom half, which includes the crankshaft. Most vehicles that are 15 years or older are likely to have a timing belt. You can consult your owner’s manual or seek assistance from an ASE-trained service advisor at Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix to determine whether your vehicle has a timing belt or not. The replacement schedule for timing belts varies among manufacturers, but generally, they should be replaced every 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first.
Timing belts are used in two types of engine timing configurations: interference and non-interference. In an interference engine, the valve’s stroke and piston’s stroke occupy the same space in the cylinder at different times, so the timing belt prevents them from colliding. If the timing belt snaps, the cylinder and valves are likely to hit each other, leading to bent valves, cylinder head or camshaft damage, and piston and cylinder wall damage in extreme cases. Although it is possible to escape damage from a snapped timing belt in an interference engine, it is rare. In a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves never occupy the same space, so a snapped timing belt will not cause any valve or cylinder damage, and replacing it should restore normal engine function.
Replacing the timing belt is not a simple task, particularly in an interference-type engine. Doing it incorrectly can cause severe and expensive damage. At Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix, our ASE-trained technicians have the necessary expertise to replace timing belts and timing chains on all makes and models. Our work is also backed by a nationwide warranty, and we offer easy financing to assist you in getting back on the road as soon as possible. We understand that large repairs are never convenient, and we are here to help you.
Note that most of the above symptoms on their own might have other causes, but if you see one or more together, then it’s time to contact Perez Auto Repair online via phone 602-269-3576 or stop into our facility located at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!