Teson Automotive

1200 Armstrong Street

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Mon -Fri  7:30am to 5:30pm

Phone: (847) 658-7700

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Replacing your Timing Belt

Changing your timing belt is NOT optional – but waiting until it breaks to address any issues is. And that is a risk you shouldn’t take.

Most manufacturers recommend changing the timing belt at a specific mileage, usually between 90 and 105 thousand miles. But you should NOT wait until the last possible minute to have your timing belt replaced. Replacing it early can save you thousands of dollars.

If your vehicle is due for a timing belt replacement, or to find out what your manufacturer recommends, call our experts at (847) 658-7700.

Timing Belt ReplacementWith the timing belt, it’s not if it will fail – it’s WHEN. This rubber belt is critical to your vehicle’s performance – and the operation of the auto engine.

The timing belt is a rubber belt with teeth, which travels on pulleys through the engine in your vehicle. The teeth on the belt catch on gears, like on the water pump to regulate the coolant entering the engine.

There are two common reasons that your timing belt would fail:

  1. Age & Miles – As your vehicle travels more miles, the rubber teeth on the timing belt wear down. If worn to the point that the timing belt can no longer grip the gears, it will slip and cause the pistons and valves to pump out of sync. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt between 90 and 105 thousand miles.
  2. Water Pump Seizure – If the water pump in your vehicle seizes, the gear will stop turning and the force will break the timing belt. This is often caused by cooling system failure. If the coolant hasn’t been flushed regularly, your vehicle is at risk of cooling system and water pump failure.

If your vehicle has an interference engine, a broken timing belt could mean thousands of dollars in damage. (The average cost to replace an engine after a blown timing belt can run from $3,000 to $10,000 and higher depending on the vehicle.)

In interference engines, pistons (the large cylinders in the illustration below) move up and down. Above these pistons, there are smaller valves that simultaneously pump up and down. The timing belt controls the operation of both these elements, ensuring that they move in sync so the valves and pistons never meet.Timing Belt Pistons Valves Interference Engine

When the timing belt slips or breaks in an interference engine, the pistons and valves become out of sync – the pistons continue to pump, forcefully hitting (and almost always breaking) the valves.

What should have been routine maintenance, replacing the timing belt in your vehicle, has now become a costly engine repair – replacing the timing belt early can save you THOUSANDS of dollars.

To find out if your vehicle needs a new timing belt or schedule your next appointment, call us at (847) 658-7700.

Even in non-interference engines, a broken timing belt can immediately shut off your vehicles engine, leaving you and your family stranded on the side of the road with a vehicle that can no longer run. By putting off timing belt replacement to save some money now, you’re risking the safety of your family and vehicle – and risking extensive damage that will cost much more.

In this video, the Monday Morning Mechanic reviews the importance of Changing your timing belt EARLY to save BIG BUCKS!

“Changing your timing belt isn’t optional, but waiting until it breaks before you do can cost you thousands. While you’re having it changed, though, you can have several other items addressed at the same time, which can save you a ton of money for labor. While your shop is under the hood replacing the timing belt, have them change the water pump, and the tensioners, and you’ll save a lot in the long run.”

If your vehicle is due for a timing belt replacement, don’t delay! Give our auto repair experts a call at (847) 658-7700 to schedule your service, replace your timing belt, and save yourself from the danger and inconvenience of extensive damage and costly repairs.

Show Your Car Some Love With Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in Algonquin.  By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue – and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services:Preventative Maintenance

Read your owner’s manual – Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your oil and fluids – Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let you easily check the levels inside. If you are running low frequently, this could mean that your vehicle has a leak.  Leaks mean that contaminants can get into your oil, which can cause bigger problems down the road if you keep topping off your fluids instead of getting the repair completed. It is best to leave changing your oil to the professionals, but you should make a habit to check the levels so you can stay ahead of any problems that stem from low levels. If your fluids are regularly low, bring it to your local auto repair shop immediately so they can check for and repair any leak!

Check your tires – Make sure your tires have enough tread. Visually check that the tread is wearing evenly and there are no bare patches. If there is too little tread, your tires are stripped and more prone to flats or leaks. Check the air pressure in your tires with an air pressure gauge (your user manual should indicate the ideal air pressure level for your tires). Have your tires rotated and balanced and get your alignment checked periodically.  These steps will help your tires wear evenly, extend the life of your tires, increase your MPG, and ensure your car drives smoothly.

Check your battery – A battery tester is an easy, inexpensive option for checking the voltage level of your car battery to make sure it is charging properly. Visually inspect the battery for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks or residue, and clean any buildup from the contacts. Car batteries typically don’t require a lot of maintenance, but having them checked periodically can help prevent small problems from turning into big ones.

Replace your wipers – If your view is getting streaky, this is an easy, inexpensive fix! Windshield wipers are simple to change and fresh ones make for a more pleasant driving experience. Plus, being able to see clearly will make you a safer driver! Make sure to buy the right wiper blade for your vehicle. Check your manual or bring your car to our shop to make sure you’re getting the correct wipers.

Replace your air filters – Both your cabin air filter and engine air filter need to be replaced periodically. If these filters are dirty, make sure you bring your vehicle to our ASE-Certified technicians to have them replaced. A clean engine filter will help your car run better, and a clean cabin air filter will ensure a comfortable atmosphere in your vehicle.

Visual Inspection – While you are checking the parts listed above, do a quick look over the rest of your vehicle. Have your spark plugs, belts, and other components inspected for unusual buildup, leaks, or worn down areas. If anything is out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your auto repair shop to address the issue right away.

Preventative maintenance is an easy way to show your car a little love and save money by avoiding the big issues. Let our experts work with you to develop a maintenance plan for your vehicle today! Just click here to contact us, or give us a call at 847-658-7700.