I want to address a veryimportant 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.
For more than a century people have been using cars, trucks and other personal vehicles to transport themselves, other people and goods from one location to another. In fact, the motorized vehicle went from being a luxury to a necessity in many parts of the world where public transportation and other options are limited. As a result of this dependence, it’s vital the automobiles on the road are kept in good repair. The work needed to do so has changed a great deal since the first cars hit the road, and is likely to continue evolving along with the rest of the industry.
Tim Allen may have more cars than necessary, but no one’s mad about it. He shares his private garage containing an eclectic collection of authentic American motors with everything from a 1965 Shelby Cobra S/C to a 1933 Ford Roadster that he built on the set of his hit television show, “Home Improvement” Tim Allen’s Car Collection of Authentic American Made Motors – GQ’s Car Collectors – Los Angeles.