Automotive Tips from Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt
March 22, 2020
The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Sparta.
An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.
It is important for Sparta drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta in Sparta if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced.
Charlie's Fast Lube Sparta
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Sparta, Illinois 62286
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