Your timing belt is hands down the single most important component requiring preventative maintenance in your vehicle.

What Makes the Timing Belt So Important?

The timing belt runs between the top and bottom half of the engine and keeps the crank and camshafts timed properly. It is essential that this timing is not disturbed. Cars older than 1999 and newer Audi are subject to timing belts, whereas most newer cars are now on timing chains. There are typo types of engine timing configurations, interference and non-interference. In interference engines the timing belt is essential to prevent catastrophic engine damage. A snapped timing belt in such an engine can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. In non-interference engines a snapped timing belt only means the belt needs to replaced.

  • Timing belts should be changed every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.
  • The cost for timing belt replacement starts at around $350 in the best case scenario.