Is your car idling rough or hard to start?

The timing belt might be the issue. If you don’t replace your timing belt in a timely fashion, the entire engine could fail. A worn or stretched belt can disrupt the operating order of the valves and pistons and cause a piston to hit a valve, damaging the engine. Replacing the timing belt will keep the engine performing as it should, avoiding expensive future repairs. Cracks in the reinforced rubber belt are an indication that it may soon break.

When we replace your belt, it will be synchronized with the crankshaft and camshaft to restore operating precision and order. It is widely recommended to replace your water pump when replacing the timing belt, since it is easy to change at the same time, to prevent damage to your vehicle later.

Timing Belt Basics

The timing belt—or timing chain in some vehicles—is a drive belt synchronizing the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft and camshaft with the opening and closing of the engine valves. Depending on the vehicle, it may also rotate the water pump. When the crankshaft turns, the timing belt turns the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine valves to allow the pistons to move up and down.

Your vehicle’s engine operates in four phases: intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust. During the intake phase, intake valves open and exhaust valves close as fuel and air enter the cylinders. As the air and fuel is mixed, compressed, and ignited by spark plugs during the compression and combustion phases, the valves close. The remaining air and fuel is pushed out of the exhaust valve during the exhaust phase. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing this process and for opening and closing valves during normal engine operation.