A timing belt is located in your car's engine behind the drive belts. The job of the timing belt is to keep the movement of the crankshaft synchronized with the camshafts by precisely timing the opening and closing of the valve with the movement of your engine's pistons. At some point in the life your car, the timing belt will need to be replaced, and it is one of the more expensive maintenance procedures you can have done on your car. Manufacturers recommendations about replacement vary anywhere from every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
So, how can you tell whether or not your car has a timing belt or whether is has a timing chain? Most newer models of cars have timing chains instead of timing belts. You can check your owner's manual if you're not sure. The benefit of having a timing chain is that they don't need to be replaced unless they develop a problem. Lack of regular oil changes, low oil levels, and/or using poor quality engine oil can all result in the need for a timing chain replacement.
Will your mechanic give you the real facts?
If you need to have your timing belt or your timing chain replaced, you need to find a repair and service shop with a good reputation and good reviews from satisfied customers. TransMasters Transmissions and Auto Care have been serving the San Diego area since 1989. With over 25 years in business, TransMasters has built up a reputation among its customers of being trustworthy and providing reliable repair and service.
All of our mechanics are ASE–certified in engine repair and service as well as transmission, brake, and auto electrical repair and service. At our Miramar location, we use the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment to help us quickly diagnose problems with your vehicle so that we can correct the problem and get you back on the road ASAP.
If it's time to replace your timing belt or whether you're having problems with your car's timing chain, our mechanics will make sure that the job is done properly and at a cost that will fit within your budget.
Keep your car running for a long time
If you're looking for an auto repair shop in the San Diego area for auto maintenance and tuneups as well as repair services for transmissions, brakes, and engines, choose TransMaster Transmission and Auto Care. Our service technicians are current on all of the latest automotive technology and are able to work on domestic, foreign, and European cars as well as diesel engines.
With regular scheduled maintenance, you can go a long way to keeping your car "healthy" and on the road for a long time. Call or visit our location today. Check out our website to read testimonials from many of our satisfied customers.