Auto Advice From Lithia Kia of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK: The Necessity of a Timing Belt

A timing belt is important because it keeps your camshaft and crankshaft turning at the same rate, which is what makes your engine run. Having your timing belt changed on a routine basis is essential for keeping your engine in optimal condition.

If you fail to have your timing belt changed, then it will wear and could eventually snap. This is dangerous because if your vehicle's timing belt snaps when you're driving in traffic, then it will cause the engine to suddenly stop working and could lead to an accident. If you have an interference engine, then the intake valves and pistons can become damaged or broken if the timing belt snaps, which will more than likely cost a lot of money to repair. It could even result in your vehicle needing an entirely new engine. If you have a non-interference engine, then a snapped timing belt won't cause damage to the valves or pistons, but it should still be replaced immediately.

Many vehicles will need to have their timing belts replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, but it's best if you check your vehicle's manual to see what its manufacturer recommends.

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