By Bob McGartland
If It Ain't Broke...Fix It
I know many people live by the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That is certainly their option. If that is your theme song, I can think of many instances when it comes to our vehicles where that attitude is extremely expensive. It is always less expensive to maintain a vehicle than to fix it!
One example of this is the breaking of a timing belt. Here are two scenarios:
- The best case scenario is you are left stranded on the side of the road (if you can get your vehicle to coast there) until you get a tow and then the timing belt gets replaced.
- The worst case scenario is it destroyed your engine at the same time it broke!
It is best to avoid a breaking timing belt. Changing the timing belt at regular intervals, usually every 60,000 to 90,000 miles depending on your vehicle type, saves a lot of aggravation and money…sometimes considerable money.
Most vehicles have the rubber timing belt because they are more cost effective, efficient and are quiet. Some vehicles rely on a timing chain instead of a timing belt.
Save yourself the aggravation of a timing belt breakdown and get it replaced when your owner’s manual recommends it. If you are not sure when that interval is, just ask us!