Automotive Knowledge From Kia of Fargo in Fargo, ND: An Explanation of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

Your vehicle's engine has many components that help it run properly. If one of these components becomes damaged, it can cause the entire engine to malfunction, which is why it's important to keep your vehicle's parts changed as needed. Your vehicle's engine relies on the timing belt to keep the crankshaft and camshaft turning at a synchronized rate.

Your vehicle's timing belt can withstand excessive heat and pressure, but it will eventually wear over time. A worn timing belt can suddenly snap and lead to a number of problems. If the timing belt snaps when you're on the road, the engine could shut off, so you are more prone to a collision. A damaged timing belt can also cause problems with your engine that are expensive to repair. If the camshaft stops turning, it could cause intake valves and pistons to break.

For most vehicles, it's best to have the timing belt replaced after 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If you reference your vehicle's manual, it will give you an idea of when to visit our service center for a timing belt replacement.

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