When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?
Depending on the age and trim of the Toyota you own, you might need to be aware of the timing belt’s condition. Whereas newer vehicles come with longer-lasting timing chains, older models with belts made from rubber need a bit more attention. Thankfully, the at Molle Toyota is here to lend a hand by filling you in on what this component does and when it should be replaced. If you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Timing Belt vs Timing Chain
To begin, let’s clear up how timing belts and timing chains are different. First, they perform the same function of keeping your engine’s camshaft and crankshaft in sync to maintain the necessary combustion reaction. However, while a timing belt is made from rubber and will wear out with time, a timing chain is far more durable since it’s made from metal. Throughout the years, manufacturers have switched from preferring one type over the other since they both have their pros and cons. Although timing chains last much longer, they can be more expensive, louder, and impact efficiency. On the flip side, timing belts are quieter and more efficient, but have a higher risk of breaking.
If you do indeed have a timing belt in your Toyota, then it’s imperative that you replace it at the proper interval. Typically, this occurs somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, so you’ll want to either consult your Owner’s Manual or one of our expert if you’re still unsure. Unlike other routine jobs that have a few warning signs that indicate when it’s time for care, timing belts are a bit trickier. However, when it’s starting to get old, you might hear a whining noise coming from under the hood, so be on the lookout for this once you reach the replacement range.
Visit Us Today!
Our service staff is familiar with all makes and models, so if your vehicle has a timing belt that needs to be replaced, we can help. Before stopping by, consider making use of some of our online resources, like the Schedule Appointment form or Ask a Tech tool, to help streamline your time with us. Once you arrive, we’ll get right to work so you don’t have to be without your beloved car, truck, SUV, or minivan for too long. Finally, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions about your specific Toyota model, as the company has recently switched from using timing belts to timing chains.
When should I replace my timing belt? At Molle Toyota, we suggest stopping in every 60,000 to 100,000 for this type of care. If you still need some convincing to drop by, consider checking out our dealership awards or our multitude of from customers like you!
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