Category Archives: Timing Belt

5 ways to save money by maintaining your car

5 Tips for Finding a Reliable, Trustworthy Auto Repair Shop

Question: I change my oil religiously every 3,000 miles, and I rotate the tires every other oil change. But what other maintenance should I be doing? Is it worth the money?  Answer: Excellent question! And we liken it to the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You probably eat right, exercise regularly and see your doctor for an annual check-up in or to stay healthy and to prevent health problems. The goal is to keep yourself out of the doctor’s office, as well as to save time and money. The same can be said … Continue reading

Timing belt replacement: Avoid a breakdown in Vernon Hills

For many of us, replacing our vehicle’s timing belt isn’t a top-of-mind activity. But knowing when this critical engine part needs to be replaced can save you hundreds of dollars and a sudden, aggravating breakdown along the Edens or while driving around Vernon Hills. Here’s why… When it comes to timing belts, it’s all in the name. The timing belt keeps your car’s valves, pistons, camshafts and crankshaft all rotating in sync. This belt controls when the camshaft(s) opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves, and it controls the crankshaft, which moves the pistons up and down inside the … Continue reading

The high cost of ignoring your timing belt

Many people picture pistons or valves when thinking about the inside of an engine. Even though these parts are vital in creating power and allowing your vehicle to work, nothing is more important than your timing belt. Your timing belt is what keeps the pistons and valves moving and working in sync. By driving the camshaft, which controls your valves, and your crankshaft, which controls the pistons, your timing belt tells the valves when to open and the pistons when to rise and fall inside the cylinders. This may seem overly technical, but it’s key to understanding why the timing … Continue reading