Car Care Tips

Unfortunately, caring for your car does not end with taking out an extended warranty. Caring for your car requires time and effort, and a certain level of understanding, to ensure that you are able to keep correctly maintaining your motor vehicle.

One aspect that needs attention is the timing belt. While not every car on the road has a timing belt - some may have a timing chain, which does not require changing - the timing belt is basically just a rubber belt which controls the motion and, as the name suggests, the timing of the engine of your car. Unsurprisingly, the timing belt has a tendency to wear out sooner or later and will inevitably need to be replaced. Unfortunately, replacing the timing belt can be both a long and boring process due to the sheer number of parts that are dependant on the timing belt. 

In the great majority of instances, the entire engine will have to be almost totally taken to pieces in order to be able to replace the timing belt. Every car will have its own schedule for when the timing belt will need to be replaced, although on average it is usually somewhere between every 60,000 to 100,000 kilometres. Adhering to this routine is vital as, if you wait too long, the timing belt could eventually snap altogether and that would be the end for the entire engine. 

Changing a timing belt yourself is best performed by experts at a garage and it is not recommended that car owners attempt to accomplish the task on their own.

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