Tips you should know before buying engine timing belt

03/02/2019

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The timing belt present in your engine ensures that your car runs smoothly. Read here on how to make smart decisions on getting a good replacement!

Another belt in your car engine you need to focus on is the timing belt. Generally speaking, all the belts present in the car engine have specific roles in making the car work well, hence, giving you value for your money. The timing belt ensures that your car works smoothly and efficiently by controlling the crankshaft in the engine. When the timing belt opens and closes the valves at the appropriate time, you're probably enjoying a flawless driving experience. That is why you shouldn’t allow this belt to get damaged. And the sad news is that it doesn’t give you prior warning before breaking off. That makes the situation very dicey.

When the timing belt breaks without any sign, the valves will likely get stuck in an open position, hereby allowing the pistons to hit them. When this occurs, that is a very serious financial stress due to the amount of damage caused to your engine. This is why it is important you change your timing belt between 60,000 to 90,000 miles (equipvalent to roughly 96,500 km to 145,000 km). When you are getting the new timing belt, it is also vital you get the water pump since they share the same lifespan. To get the best timing belt for your car, check these key tips on Naijauto..

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If you fail to fix this problem on time, there might be a very serious damage on the entire engine

*Tips for buying a new timing belt

1. You need to dust off your car manual from where you kept it and check the most appropriate timing belt type you should get for your car.

2. It is important you get your pocket and make smart financial decision on getting a quality one. If you do not mind the amount, you might decide to go for the best. If not, it is possible you get affordable ones that will still work fine with your car.

3. After procuring one for your car, you need to be sensitive to the mileage covered by your car. This will help you know the best time to replace it. Keep track of the number and make sure you give the belt a proper replacement after 90,000 miles at max.

If you do not have the technical know-how on replacing timing belt, allow your trusted mechanic to do it for you. This will help you avoid possible damage to your car engine.

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>>> Feel free to check out more maintenance tips on Naijauto.com!

Oluwaseun Adeniji

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