Checking your timing belt is an important part of basic car care that helps you avoid hefty car repair bills.
Time is on peoples' minds today because of the overnight change to daylight savings time. (Turn your clock ahead one hour.) You're just hoping you remember to make the change when you get back from the Merced Flea Market today.
Timing is also important for cars. The timing belt, that is.
It's also easy to overlook when it comes to basic car care.
A timing belt is part of most internal combustion engines and, as Angie’s List points out: “The timing belt is an integral part of your engine and, if it fails, so does your engine, causing your car to shut down.”
That’s because the timing belt “controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft and the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves to allow air and gas in and out.” If the belt breaks – and there’s seldom a warning it’s going to happen – “the valves, which are very light, will open at the wrong time and hit the larger pistons and cause damage.” That’s why it’s wise to have your car care technician take a look at the belt when you get basic maintenance done to make sure it’s in good shape. It’s also why it’s a good idea to change the timing belt every so often.
When you need that basic car care, the place to go is, of course, Don's Tire and Service. Don's Tire has been the reliable car care and car repair company in the Merced area for almost 60 years.
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