Understanding Your Timing Belt

It may be a term you've heard, but never really stopped to study. Your car's timing belt is a vital engine component, and when it fails, it can have long-lasting consequences. Learning to spot the warning signs will save you money on repairs down the line.

The engine's crankshaft controls the pistons, whose driving force powers your engine. The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, a device responsible for operating valves. With this connection, the timing belt provides the necessary structure to keep the camshaft and crankshaft working together. When the timing belt fails, your engine can no longer function on a basic level.

Signs that your timing belt is at the end of its lifespan include the appearance of the belt with frayed or worn-looking spots or a high-pitched whining noise. Your owner's manual will give you a replacement schedule, usually between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. If you think your timing belt needs replacing, visit us at Palm Springs Kia in Cathedral City, CA, and we'll have you back on the road in no time.

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