Auto Knowledge From Herb Chambers Maserati of Millbury in Millbury, MA: A Rundown of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

A vehicle's timing belt is a critical component that helps the engine function properly. The timing belt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are rotating in sync. To keep your vehicle in optimal shape, you need to have its timing belt replaced routinely.

When you drive with a worn or damaged timing belt, it could suddenly break. If this occurs, the engine will suddenly stop. Not only is this dangerous, but it can also cause extensive damage to your engine. If you have an interface engine, the intake valves could bend and the pistons could break if the timing belt snaps. As a result, you may have to pay thousands of dollars to repair the damage. Vehicles with non-interface engines are not subject to valve or piston damage if the timing belt snaps, but nonetheless, it is vital to have a broken timing belt replaced promptly on any engine.

If you don't know how often your vehicle's timing belt needs to be changed, then you should be able to find this information in your owner's manual. You can also visit our service center to have your timing belt inspected.

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