Letís address a very important maintenance item for everyone in San Antonio TX Ė timing belt replacement. Itís 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 this happens thousands of times a minute and itís your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine wonít run. And thatís 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. 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 ownerís manual or with your service advisor at Cordova Auto Center in San Antonio TX to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If youíve neverreplaced your timing belt and have 60,000 or more miles on the clock, talk with your San Antonio service advisor at Cordova Auto Center right away to see if youíre due.
On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If thatís the case, itís a good idea to replace the water pump when youíre 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 Ė it should be inspected and possibly replaced.
Now, replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on your service schedule. But not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs youíre likely to ever have.