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Your engine’s timing belt is one of its most important components, and it can lead to complete engine failure if you don’t properly care for it. The timing belt connects the crankshafts to the camshafts within your engine. This ensures that the engine valves open and close at the appropriate times so that your engine operates effectively and efficiently. Without a properly functioning timing belt, your engine won’t be able to run smoothly, and it may not even work at all.
The tension of the timing belt is crucial to its ability to operate properly. When you bring your vehicle in for service, your technician will test the tension level in your timing belt to ensure it is within the specified parameters for your make and model. Over time, rubber timing belts can stretch and loosen, inhibiting their ability to do their job. Cracks and tears may also begin to form, which could lead to the belt snapping under pressure. A thorough visual inspection of the timing belt can reveal any damage.
If your technician determines that your timing belt is due for replacement, the service can often be completed the same day. Typically, you’ll need to replace your timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, or every 6 to 10 years, depending on how much you drive. Heat can accelerate timing belt wear, so your timeline may be a bit shorter if you live in an especially hot climate.
If you are able to catch any damage to the timing belt before it fully breaks, the service shouldn’t cost more than $1,000. You should expect your vehicle to be in the shop for most of the day, as your technician will have to remove several other engine components to gain access to the timing belt. If your timing belt has snapped, the cost and timeline for the repairs will depend on the extent of the damage. You can generally expect to pay $2,000 or more, and you may need to arrange alternate transportation, as your vehicle will likely be in the shop for several days.
For all your timing belt needs in Plattsmouth and Omaha, NE, you can count on Gregg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Plattsmouth. Our technicians are certified and highly experienced, and they can identify any issues with your timing belt quickly and accurately. We can handle all of the repairs for you as well. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment for your next service.