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The function of the timing belt is to control the water pump, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool. Continuous exposure to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals make the timing belt and water pump among the most vulnerable parts in your vehicle. If belt breakage keeps the water pump from functioning, the result can be a breakdown and possible destruction of the engine. To promote the safety of your car or truck, it is important to have the timing belt and water pump replaced regularly. Your owner’s manual will provide the specific schedule for your vehicle. Typically it is recommended that the timing belt and water pump be checked every three years or every 30,000 miles.
Symptoms your timing belt may need service:
- Difficulty in starting
- Noticeable fluid loss from under car
- Excessive exhaust
Our expert technicians will check and replace as necessary:
- Timing belt
- Water pump
- Idler pulley
If you think you may have a timing belt or water pump issue, or your car is due for preventative service, let our professionals perform our complete inspection. Contact us today to set an appointment.
Is it a good idea to replace the water pump when replacing the timing belt?
Water pump and timing belt involve the same basic labor, so it is usually recommended that they be done together, even if they are not both in need of replacement. Because the labor costs are usually more than the part, it is advantageous to take care of everything at once and pay only one labor charge.
The service life among water pumps is pretty reliable, so replacement is recommended after a set number of miles or length of time, per your owner’s manual. There is usually no warning with a water pump failure, and the result is often a severe overheating problem. If the temperature gauge reaches the red zone, it is vital to have the timing belt and water pump serviced as soon as possible. Your engine can quickly become seriously damaged if coolant is not pumped through the radiator.
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