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Timing Belts 101

Timing Belt Chart

Timing belts keep crankshafts, pistons and valves operating together in proper sequence and can fail without warning. When this happens, your engine will stop running and serious engine damage can occur. Generally, most manufacturers recommend having your timing belt replaced around 60,000 miles. Because a timing belt is encased and can't be inspected easily, it is extremely important to have this service done at or before your vehicle's manufacturer recommendation.

We also recommend replacing the water pump at the same time while the technician has everything apart. There is usually no additional labor to change the water pump. You would just pay for the part. The water pump is integral in keeping the coolant running through the engine to keep it cool.

Sullivan Tire and Auto Service would be happy to look up the manufacturer's recommended service schedule on our ALLDATA computer system, free of charge.

Benefits to Timing Belt Service

  • Preventative measure to keep your engine and vehicle running
  • Prevents potential costly engine damage should the timing belt break

How Often Should I Have my Timing Belt Serviced?

  • Check your owner's manual and ask a Sullivan Tire ASE Certified Technician about the service life of your vehicle's timing belt
  • Timing belts should be replaced BEFORE the suggested service life of this critical engine component


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