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Timing belts have replaced timing chains in a number of vehicles to make today’s sophisticated engines possible.  They are lighter, quieter, more efficient and more economical than chains.  Your timing belt is located in your engine and cannot be seen when you open the hood.  Like any other automotive part, timing belts wear out and can break.  That’s why most manufacturers have a recommended mileage for replacement.  When your timing belt breaks, your car stops.  An engine is either “interference” or “free-running” depending on its design.  If the timing belt breaks on an interference engine, an open valve may be struck by a moving piston.  This can result in serious engine damage and expensive repairs.  A free-running engine will just result in a new timing belt.  We use only the highest quality replacement parts on every service and repair.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Timing Belt?

  • Abnormal squeaking coming from the timing cover area.
  • If the timing belt breaks, the car will not start.

How important is this service?

Ignoring the replacement of a timing belt as a part of scheduled maintenance, could result in major engine failure down the road. You should not wait for your timing belt to break, it must be serviced regularly.

The Technicians at The Muffler Doctor are trained and able to assist you with all your timing belt questions and needs.

Please call us at (503) 371-9515 or contact us with any questions.

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