If your car has a timing belt, and most do, replacing it as required by your manufacturer is an absolute necessity. Typically this is every 70,000 miles or 110,000 km.
The timing belt is a simple rubber belt which keeps the top of the engine in time with the bottom of the engine. If it snaps the valves at the top of your engine can go crashing into the pistons and result in major engine damage typically costing €1,000 upwards.
Although the belt is a simple enough item, getting at it and replacing it correctly typically takes 4+ hours. In addition to replacing the belt, it is best practice to replace the parts that the belt relies on to do it’s job. These typically are:
Pully’s – the timing belt rotates on a series of pully’s
Tensioner – these keep tension on the belt to ensure it stays on track
Water pump – the timing belt is driven on the outside of the water pump, it is best practice to replace this as part of the process.
** If you are getting quotation for timing belt work, make sure changing of the relevant tensioners, pully’s and water pump are included in the quotation.
At CarDock we replace timing belts on a regular basis and will be happy to give you a quotation for your car.