When should a timing belt be replaced?
When should a timing belt replaced?
Much before it fails! Have it done as part of a routine maintenance. You can check your car's owner's manual for a recommended time to have it replaced. Typically it is between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. No matter what the recommended interval is make sure you keep it in mind and have it replaced preferably even before it hits the recommended mileage.
It is important to change the timing belt before it fails as it may end up causing more serious and costly damage to the engine. The timing belt stretches over time and eventually the tensioner that keeps the belt tight can not tighten it any more. That's when more serious trouble can start and it may end up costing you a new engine.
Replacing a timing belt can take anywhere from a couple hours to a full day, depending on the complexity of the job. The complexity - and cost - depends on the car's make, model and year.
Unless you are a very experienced do-it-yourself mechanic, you will almost certainly want your local auto repair shop or dealership to perform this timing belt replacement. Incorrect installation of the new timing belt can cause as much engine damage as if the belt itself failed.
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