Timing Belt Replacement

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Chevrolet Timing Belt Replacement

How the Timing Belt Works

In the most basic of terms, a vehicle’s engine runs by spark plugs igniting the fuel as it siphons air through the fuel injectors. The energy created causes pistons to pump back and forth, creating pressure to turn gears and keep the system running. The term “timing” refers to how each piston is forcing energy to the engine while the others reset. The timing belt runs the main gear that keeps each piston running to ensure there isn’t a lack of power or over-power at any given moment. Without the timing belt controlling how those pistons run, the car won’t drive because all the sparks will fire off randomly, and the pistons will not receive the power they need to pump in order.

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Why Timing Belt Service Is Needed

Timing belts need to be replaced as part of a regular maintenance schedule to ensure the car continues running. Eventually, a belt will break. Fortunately, engineers know when that is likely to happen under average driving conditions. Like other aspects of vehicle maintenance, it’s better to confront the problem preemptively than and replace the timing belt before it breaks. In this case, it’s easier to replace a worn timing belt than deal with the problems caused by a broken one, which involves resetting the pistons and replacing additional broken parts due to the failure.

What Happens when a Timing Belt Breaks?

The first symptoms of a timing belt going bad is a ticking noise in the engine and a small oil leak. As it gets worse, the engine might misfire or become hard to start. Eventually, the engine won’t start or, worse, will cut off while driving. If the car is continued to be driven when the timing belt is worn and not working properly, it will eventually break, likely causing damage to the valves and cylinders. Such damage, if it can be repaired, will be expensive and take quite some time to complete as it involves taking the engine apart and rebuilding it. There is no need for that when scheduled maintenance can prevent it.

Finding a Dealership for Authorized Repairs

If your car doesn’t seem to be running as it should, let our technicians at Viking Motors in Arborg, MN, take a look and diagnose the problem before it leads to more expensive repairs. We serve the areas of Riverton, Silver, Glen Bay, and Poplarfield with courteous service. We have a fully equipped shop to handle any maintenance needs or repairs your vehicle requires to continue running safely and efficiently, so you don’t have to worry about getting to your next destination.

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Viking Motors is located at: Main Street & Highway 68 Box 340 • Arborg, MB R0C 0A0
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