Triangle Radiator & Auto Service – Your Car’s Timing Belt Replacement

A timing belt is simply a notched rubber belt that allows your car’s crankshaft to drive the camshaft which, as a result, opens and shuts the valves. Without a timing belt, the engine cannot run.

Timing Belt Replacement in Chicago, IL

Timing Belt Replacement in Chicago, IL

There are a few signs to watch for that will indicate you should bring your car in to our shop at 4060 North Elston Avenue to replace your car’s timing belt. A loosened or worn out belt will cause distinctive rattling or ticking sounds, poor car engine performance and even overheating that will often trigger the car’s check engine light to go on. If a timing belt breaks the engine will not be able to run. With some engines, a broken timing belt can result in internal damage too. Most engines are equipped with timing chains which usually don’t need to be replaced.

The suggested schedule when it comes to replacing a belt can differ according to vehicle manufacturer. Some suggest it should be done every 60,000 miles while other carmakers suggest replacement every 100,000 miles or longer. Changing a belt requires the removal of other parts. If your car’s belt also drives the water pump, mechanics may recommend that you replace the water pump at the same service appointment.

The need to replace a belt is not really a question of “why” but more a matter of how often based upon the suggestions of the vehicle manufacturer or a mechanic who determines that the belt is too stretched out or damaged to continue.

If it’s been a long time since your belt was changed or simply inspected, don’t delay in calling us for service at 773-539-5858. We’ll assess your vehicle and provide a no-hassle estimate on recommended repairs and possible replacement of your belt.