How to Check Your Timing Belt

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Your timing belt keeps the engine running. Check your timing belt with the advice of an automotive expert in this free video.

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Hi there. Jody DeVere here with AskPatty.com, automotive advice for women. I'm here today at one of my certified female-friendly locations, Pawnee Hills Hyundai, to talk about the most important replacement item in your vehicle: your timing belt. Your timing belt actually keeps your engine running. It rotates around the cam shaft and the crank shaft, keeping your engine timing running smoothly, and as we all know, timing is everything. So, let's take a look at how to check your timing belt to make sure there's no extreme wear. A good rule of thumb is to check it every 10,000 miles and replace it exactly as the manufacturer recommends in your service manual - usually somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 miles. So when you're looking at the timing belt, what you're looking for are cracks and also missing teeth. A single missing tooth could cause catastrophic engine failure, and that would be a $7500 repair. So, it's really a good idea to check your timing belt ever 10,000 miles. You're also going to rotate the timing belt out a little bit and see if it's too loose, because if it's slipping it can also cause some very serious repairs to your engine. So, checking your timing belt every 10,000 miles and replacing it exactly when the manufacturer recommends in your service manual is a smart and car savvy thing to do.

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