Understanding Your Timing Belt

Having even a basic knowledge of your engine and how it works will help to make you a better vehicle owner. In addition to having a greater appreciation for your car, it can give you the knowledge to spot potential problems before they become costly repairs.

Your engine has plenty of moving parts, among them the crankshaft and camshaft, both of which spin at a certain rate. The timing belt is a belt made of thick, ribbed rubber, and its purpose is to connect these two rotating shafts and synchronize their movement.

When your timing belt fails, it can cause catastrophic damage to your engine, leading to costly repairs. Listen for a high-pitched whining noise and look for frayed spots on the belt itself as indicators it's reached the end of its lifespan. Your owner's manual will give estimations of when it should be replaced. Visit us at Lithia Subaru of Fresno in Fresno, CA if you need a new timing belt or for any other repair concerns you may have.

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