Generally, the timing belt (or timing chain) is the sole component that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in sync. Replacing the timing belt (a cogged reinforced-rubber belt) at regular intervals -- generally every 60,000 miles unless the automobile manufacturer specifies longer -- is a lot less expensive and aggravating than having it break while the engine is running.
A broken timing belt usually means catastrophe for an interference engine, and major inconvenience for a non-interference engine. In an interference engine, the valves and piston share the same air space. They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips, and this is a catastrophic failure that requires removing the head and replacing bent valves. Non-interference engines do not risk this contact if the timing belt goes. Nonetheless, either can leave you stranded, so regular timing belt replacement is very important.
Need service, repair, or maintenance on your timing belt? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to take care of your vehicle so that it may safely take care of you. We proudly serve the engine, mechanical and auto body needs of people who live and work in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Salinas, Corral De Tierra, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Prunedale, Castroville, Moss Landing, Big Sur, and North Monterey County.
Call 831-373-1534, or schedule an appointment with Robert’s Auto Repair. Located off of Del Monte Avenue right by Highway 1 near the boarder of Seaside and Monterey, we welcome you to stop by our shop at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. If you have any questions about your auto's performance or maintenance, don’t be shy about asking our friendly staff for assistance.