Why Your Car's Engine Depends on a Timing Belt

Making sure our customers understand how to take care of their car is a priority here at Maserati of Wilmington Pike. Today, we cover the importance of a timing belt and why it is crucial for the operation of every vehicle.

The timing belt is a part that makes the crankshaft and camshaft in the engine turn at the same time. This simultaneous motion initiated by the timing belt is what makes the engine run and power the vehicle on the road. It is easy to see then why a damaged timing belt can cause a significant problem on the road. If a belt suddenly snaps when you are driving, it can cause the vehicle to stop in traffic suddenly. Worn out belts can make starting the car difficult.

The best thing to do when it comes to timing belts is to replace them periodically. Manufacturers provide a recommended mileage amount, after which a belt should be replaced. Belts that are damaged before the recommended mileage should be replaced immediately.



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