Timing Belts: A Risky Overlook
Timing belts are one of the more crucial maintenance items for a car. Not replacing your timing belt in a timely manner can lead to costly engine repairs. In fact, if it fails, so does your engine causing your car to shut down. You also run the risk of damaging other engine components including the pistons, valves, or water pump. This makes it one of the most important and critical maintenance practices to follow. Staying proactive and replacing it before it fails can save you costly repair expenses and the headache and stress that comes with having a broken-down car.
3zero3 Motorsports offers maintenance on German automobile brands including Audi, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Mini Cooper. We believe that proactive car maintenance is an essential practice to follow. We stand by our services 100% and offer an amazing 5 year / 60,000-mile warranty on your timing belt replacement. This is virtually unheard of in the auto repair world and sets us apart from our competition.
When to Replace Your Timing Belt
At 3 zero3, we feel that the manufacturers’ recommendations on replacing a timing belt can be a bit relaxed. The climate you live in, paired with your driving habits should be a major consideration when deciding. Areas like Colorado where the summers are hot and the winters are cold, are considered to be severe and require a shorter time frame or less mileage before replacing. Being well-informed on the age of your belt vs. the mileage it has seen is important because timing belts are rubber and do deteriorate and weaken over time. If you’re unsure of the state of your timing belt, or if you are nearing your recommended service schedule on your belt, you should get it looked at immediately.
We also recommend that it is a good idea to replace other components such as the water pump, engine seals, pulleys, and tensioners simultaneously, if necessary on your car make and model. Many of these components will eventually fail over time and are easier accessed during a timing belt service, which could save money in labor. Doing these services simultaneously also helps to ensure a long life for the timing belt and offers a more complete repair.
It is too risky to overlook or ignore your timing belt service schedule. If you are unsure about when to replace it, our knowledgeable service advisors can help you and also can provide you with your timing belt replacement cost. Our factory trained technicians are also available to do an inspection on your car and give recommendations. 3zero3 Motorsports has the answers you need!
To schedule a timing belt service or inspection, call 303-456-8383 or contact us here.
Pictured: Worn, cracked timing belt next to a new belt.