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How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

The timing belt is an important component of a car engine. The timing belt drives parts in the engine that can be severely damaged in a moment if even the tiniest deviation in their relative movement occurs. That is why it is important to repair a timing belt as soon as possible. However, when the timing belt needs to be replaced varies from vehicle to vehicle. Furthermore, it is not just the amount of miles driven that matters.

Your car's maintenance schedule will tell you when a timing belt needs to be replaced. The maintenance schedule for many cars can be found in the documents that come with the vehicle. However, as the car changes hands more often, it's more likely that this paperwork will be missing.

There are, fortunately, other ways to determine when the timing belt needs to be replaced.

For example:

  • In Google, type in your car's make, model, and year, as well as the phrase "when to replace the timing belt."
  • Contact our experts for assistance in determining the correct frequency for your specific vehicle make/model. 

A 2 litre Diesel engine, for example, can be found in a Volkswagen Golf. However, a 1.6 litre diesel engine as well as 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0 litre petrol engines are available. This means that if the timing belts on two identical Volkswagen Golfs from the same year of production are not the same, the timing belts must be replaced at a different time.

Since the timing belt on the Volkswagen Golf's 2-liter diesel engine must be replaced at a different time than the timing belt on the 1.8-liter petrol engine.

In general, the timing belt replacement is determined by:

  • The make and model of the vehicle.
  • The type of engine installed in your vehicle.
  • The year in which your car was built.
  • Since the timing belt was last replaced, how many miles have been driven.
  • The last time you replaced your timing belt.

Timing belts are typically recommended to be replaced every 60,000 miles, or every 4 to 5 years.

Bring your car to our auto repair shop today if your timing belt needs to be replaced!

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