How to Determine If You Need a New Timing Belt

Belts are one of the most undermined parts of the vehicle. However, if and when they start to show signs of wear and tear, they can majorly affect your car's drivability.

Your car's timing belt, in specific, is an indispensable part of your engine. It is necessary to synchronize and manage the rotation of the engine's crankshaft and camshaft. Without this proper movement, the engine valves would not start and stop at precise times. This rubber belt has ribbed teeth to provide harmonious movements. If the timing is off or the timing belt is overall weak, it could be disastrous for your engine.


There are a few warning symptoms that symbolize that your timing belt needs a replacement. Here's what to be on the lookout for:

  • A high-pitched sound emanating from the engine
  • Visual signs of belt wear—cracks, glazing, and dirt & grime build-up
  • Slow or sluggish engine starts, or overall incapable to start

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you change your timing belt after approximately 100,000 miles. However, this number is simply a rough estimate. It's always wise to ask your technician to check your timing belt every time you're due for a service, like an oil change.


If you neglect your timing belt, it could outright fail. There are several different ways that this ribbed rubber belt can fail:

  • Stripped teething on the strap
  • The belt's fibers unwinding
  • Too loose or tight of a belt
  • Belt breakage or snapping

It's better to treat your timing belt before it becomes a major threat to your engine's operation. We invite you to swing by River City Tire today if you need to have your timing belt inspected and replaced! Our service team is always happy to greet our guests. For any questions or concerns, please call us at (563) 723-0710 today.

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