What Does a Timing Belt Do?

Drivers might never see their timing belt since it may be hidden deep down in the engine. Regardless, once the time comes to change a timing belt, the work should be done right away. A timing belt ensures a car's camshaft and crankshaft turn at the right speed and at the same time. A snapped timing belt can cause major problems.

Depending on the engine design, the snapping of a timing belt could prove disastrous. If the timing belt breaks while driving a car with an "interference" engine, the valves and pistons may be destroyed. The engine is then totaled. Timing belts may need to be changed when the odometer reaches 60,000 miles. Certain vehicles come with timing belts good for 100,000 miles. Check the maintenance manual to determine when a replacement is required.

Drivers in San Benito, TX shouldn't trust a timing belt change with just anybody. Bring the vehicle to Gillman Chevrolet Buick GMC, where expert mechanics can do the job in no time!

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