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Learn About Your Car: Timing Belts & Chains

Often times those who need automotive repair or towing Ontario NY services haven’t heard of timing belts or timing chains. It is important to know what they are and also what type you have.

Belts and chains are necessary components and cannot be replaced or adjusted by an untrained individual. You need to be sure your mechanic knows exactly what they are doing. So what is the difference between the two?

Well, timing chains are able to last for the life of the car. Timing belts, however, are a little different. They typically last 90,000 to 100,000 miles. Once they do reach their lifespan, they can be pricey to replace. Part of the expense of replacing them comes from the fact that when they do wear out and need replacement, it is at a time when other things need to be replaced too. You may find a new water pump, drive belt for air compressor, or alternator all need to be replaced at the same time. This may mean a $1,000 repair bill.

The best way to keep high costing maintenance down (and avoid towing Ontario NY) is to pay attention to the status of the timing belts. Whenever your car is near the limit for the timing belt lifespan, ask the experts at Phil’s Automotive to take a peek and see how your timing belt is doing.

The more you know about your car’s systems and their average lifespan, the more prepared you can be for any needed repairs or maintenance.

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