Changing your timing belt is crucial for the well-being of your car’s engine. Since the timing belt is enclosed, making it hard for you to view it, its physical condition usually goes unnoticed. However, many manufacturers recommend changing the timing belt if the mileage is 70,000-100,000 km. For those cars that use timing chains, all you need to do is have your car regularly serviced to avoid failure. This way, it will last longer.
How to Tell if Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt
Although manufacturers give timing belt changing specifications, it’s recommended that you change your belt if there is any abnormality. If it has breaks or cracks, change it even if it has not reached the manufacturer’s specifications. Failure to change could lead to the destruction of the pistons and engine failure, which call for more complicated motor repair.
Advantages of Changing Your Timing Belt
Changing your timing belt comes with economic and psychological benefits. The fact that you get assured that your engine is safe is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of these benefits:
Replacing your car’s timing belt ensures your engine gains speed and accelerates smoothly. Hitting your gas pedal after changing the belt feels better as it gives the car more horsepower.
Better Fuel Economy
Replacement of the timing belt ensures that the pistons run better and smoother. As a result, there is proper fuel combustion, which significantly increases your car’s fuel economy. An old timing belt is stretched making it hard for gears to change seamlessly.
Low Cost of Repairs
Changing your timing belt lowers the cost of repairs as you no longer run the risk of having spoilt pistons. It’s better to replace your timing belt instead of waiting for it to fail since such a failure can lead to engine replacement, which is much more expensive.