04 Dec What is a Timing Belt and Why is it Important?
If you like your car to get you from point A to point B, or anywhere else in North Miami Beach, your timing belt is one of the most critical parts of your engine to do so. If your timing belts rips, snaps, or falls apart in any way, your car’s engine is in trouble, which can lead to very expensive repairs and time in the shop.
What the Timing Belt in Your Honda Does
The timing belt, which looks like a rubber belt with teeth, is the part of the engine that keeps the crank and the camshaft synchronized (in time). It keeps the valves on the top half of the engine and pistons on the bottom side moving. There are two types of engine: interference and non-interference. An interference engine means the valves and pistons take up the same amount of space in the cylinder. The timing belt keeps them from smashing into each other when they move, that is, keeps them in sync.
The kind of damage that can occur if your timing belt snaps can include:
- Bent valves
- Cylinder head or camshaft damage
- Piston and cylinder wall damage
Non-interference engines don’t have to worry about the valves and pistons taking up the same space. If the timing belt snaps, you will need to replace the belt, but damage may be avoided.
When to Replace the Timing Belt
North Miami Beach has many mechanics who will tell you that your timing belt is crucial for the longevity of your car’s engine. While different vehicles have different requirements when it comes to replacing your timing belt (usually between 60 and 90,000 miles), Honda recommends your timing belt be changed at 60,000 miles. Whether you are approaching this milestone, or have passed it without having your timing belt checked, it is important to talk to a mechanic who has experience with Honda models.
If you are in the North Miami Beach, Florida area and would like to learn more about your Honda’s timing belt, or any other part of your car’s engine, speak with the service department at Honda of Aventura today.