DO I REALLY NEED TO REPLACE MY TIMING BELT?

Timing belt replacements are expensive in nature. Unfortunately, this widely known fact causes many car owners to feel reluctant to get it replaced when necessary. In fact, some studies have recently found that one in five to six cars in the United States needs a new belt! This is probably because, until recently (the last 20-30 years or so), timing belts were an ignored maintenance item by many drivers because many mechanics weren’t educating their customers on the tell-tale signs. However, the domino effect from this type of negligence can lead to serious issues in the future and we want to help you avoid unnecessary costly repairs!

How does the timing belt work? The easiest way to explain this is to say that the timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the engine’s functions. That is to say, it’s very important in keeping your vehicle in safe, working order.

Our team here at Preferred Automotive in Rockville, MD, has been serving this area since 1990—we care about keeping the roads safe and protecting your hard-earned money from avoidable expenses. Please review the following signs your timing belt needs to be replaced:

1. Material Loss
Belts wear out over time just the same as tires. Which means you will lose grip and traction, causing your timing belt to “slip.” You will most likely notice this in wet weather.

2. Crackling
Sounds just like the sign that it is. During an inspection, your mechanic will inspect both the topside and underside of your vehicle. If he or she notices any cracks at all—this is an urgent sign to have the Rockville, MD timing belt replacement. Think of this in terms of “dry rot” (if you are familiar); the belt can and will easily tear in the near future.

3. Hydroplaning
This is a bit different than the hydroplaning you feel with balding tires on a wet surface. Hydroplaning with your timing belt means that water can’t be dispersed away from the belt and pulleys, causing the belt itself to hydroplane. This usually results in a loss of power to the engine.

4. Misalignment
Noticing noise and vibrations? This could indicate that the belt tensioner’s internal components may have failed.
Unfortunately, none of these signs are obvious, especially to the average vehicle owner who has relatively limited knowledge about the inner workings of their personal car or truck. More often than not, the belt will be “near death” or break before the owner knows anything about it. This is why our crew here at Preferred Automotive recommends replacement every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Of course, you will want to refer to your owner’s manual for the exact recommendations from the manufacturer.

So, how is your timing belt’s health? When was the last time you had it replaced? Are you experiencing any of the above warning signs? Come visit us—our team is honest, hardworking, and fair and we’ve been providing the Rockville area with superior service for over 20 years. Our specialists would love to earn your business here at Preferred Automotive!

Preferred Automotive | 12356 Wilkins Ave | Rockville, MD 20852 | 301-881-8530

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