Timing Belt / Chain Service
The timing belt / chain service on a vehicle maintains crankshaft-to-camshaft synchronization so that the engine’s valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes, keeping valve operation matched to piston position. This causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber and during this explosion, the valves push the pistons down. On some engines, the timing belt/chain also drives other critical components such as the oil pump, water pump and balance shafts. When the timing belt is neglected and breaks, all the components that are driven by the belt fail and can cause major internal engine damage. Unfortunately, there are no obvious signs the timing belt is near the end of its life; it will just break. Check your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations to see when the timing belt is recommended to be serviced. Make your next appointment online today.