The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt that keeps all of the internal parts of your car engine operating in harmony. It wraps around your camshaft(s), the crankshaft, and the water pump to ensure that those items work synchronously. The most dreaded outcome of ignoring wear on your timing belt is that it will break and cause catastrophic damage to your car’s engine. At a minimum, the engine will stop running, while the worst outcome would be serious damage to the engine’s camshaft, valves and pistons that will result in a costly repair or even an engine that’s irreparable. If that happens, then you will be looking at far more than a Timing Belt Replacement in Ewa Beach.

Obviously, you want to avoid a broken timing belt in your car. The easiest way to do that is to follow the maintenance schedule specified by your car’s manufacturer and to replace the timing belt as suggested. Most modern cars generally have recommended timing-replacement schedules that range from 60,000 miles to 110,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to find what’s recommended for your car. The reason why timing belts need replacing is because rubber breaks down over time. Dry rot, cracking and glazing will occur and all of these will eventually lead to the belt’s failure.

There are detectable signs that your timing belt is nearing the end of its lifespan. One clear sign is if the engine compartment shakes or the car idles roughly. Another sign is if you see a greater amount of exhaust coming from the tailpipe. Also, you might hear a high pitched shrieking or hissing sound coming from your engine when you start the car. All these are signs that your timing belt is going out of alignment through wear.

When it’s time for a Timing Belt Replacement in Ewa Beach, or elsewhere, you need to replace the timing belt itself, the water pump, any oil seals that might be behind the timing belt covers, and all other ancillary drive belts. Replacement is a labor-intensive process so that will be where the majority of the cost comes from as the timing belts themselves are fairly inexpensive. Cost will vary depending upon the complexity of the engine. Smaller engines with a single overhead camshaft will cost about $300 while larger engines with two overhead camshafts could run up to $750 or so. Visit lsautomotivehawaii.com or Google+ page for more information.