The Timing Belt should be replaced at 60,000 miles. Refer to the Vehicle Owner’s Manual for the specific replacement interval.
1. If I ignore it?
- Cracking and/or weakening of belt may result
- The Timing Belt, if weakened, may jump and cause costly engine damage due to piston to valve contact
- The belt may eventually break
- Vehicle may not start or run
2. If I take care of it?
- Reduced chance of an emergency, unexpected breakdown or engine failure
- Avoid a costly engine repair
- Maintains the proper crankshaft to camshaft synchronization (proper timing)
- Keeps the valve timing (operation) matched to the piston position
Most new vehicles have Timing Chains instead of Timing Belts. Timing Chains are virtually maintenance-free.
It if recommended that when replacing the timing belt that the water pump and serpentine belt be replaced at the same time. This saves future labor charges and is inexpensive insurance for your car’s continued reliability.