I want to address a very
important maintenance item...timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage
. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel. They close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn, and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust. All of this happens thousands of times a minute, and it's your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won't run, and that's the best
case. The worst case is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Those kind of repairs can run several thousand dollars!
Now, timing belts just wear out naturally, so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owners manual or ask your Elite Service Advisor to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If you've never replaced your timing belt and have 60,000 or more miles on the clock, talk with your Service Advisor right away
to see if you're due. On some engines, the water pump is also driven by the timing belt, as opposed to the serpentine belt. If that’s the case, it's a good idea to replace the water pump when you're replacing the timing belt and vice versa, since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner. It should be inspected and possibly replaced. Replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on your service schedule. However, not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs you're likely to ever have.
Be safe and put your mind at ease. Give us a call and we'll be happy to advise you on your particular vehicle. Call us today: