When You Should Replace Your Timing Belt

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Timing Belt Information and Replacement Intervals

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The timing belt is one of the most important parts of your car. It keeps your engine working properly, and when it breaks, the results can be catastrophic.

​Your timing belt should be replaced every 50,000-70,000 miles, depending on your car's make and model. Not all cars having a timing belt, so check your manual to see if this applies to you.

​Also, make sure you understand what type of engine you have: an interference engine or non-interference.

In an interference engine, the valves and piston share the same air space. They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips, and this is a huge failure that requires removing the head and replacing bent valves. Such a repair can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  

Non-interference engines do not risk this contact if the timing belt goes. Nonetheless, either can leave you stranded, so regular timing belt replacement is very important.

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Timing Belt Intervals for an Acura

Acura timing belt info.
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If you have an Acura, you have one of the longest intervals for timing belt replacement. Most models do not need their timing belt replaced until they hit 92,000 miles or after six years, whichever comes first.

​Some engines, like vehicles with a 3.2L engine, will need to have the timing belt replaced. But others can go as long as 105,000 miles without it. It's important to know your model's recommendations and adhere to the recommended schedule.

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Audi Timing Belt Replacement Intervals

Audi timing belt information.
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Most Audis have a recommended timing belt replacement at 110,000 miles. But to be on the safe side, many mechanics recommend replacing it earlier, such as around 90,000 miles. Being conservative and opting for an early replacement can prevent damage from occurring and protect your car.

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Chrysler Timing Belt Tech Data and Replacement Intervals

Chrysler timing belt info.
Change your timing belt at these intervals.

In general, Chrysler vehicles should have their timing belt replaced at 50,000 miles or after five years, whichever comes first. In newer models, you can just have the belt inspected at 50,000 miles. If it looks to be in good shape, you can go as far as 90,000 miles without a replacement.

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Ford Timing Belt Tech Data and Replacement Intervals

Ford timing belt info.
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Ford recommends that you replace the timing belt at 60,000 miles for almost all of its models. The one exception is the Ford Probe. If you have a Probe from 1999-2004, have the timing belt inspected every 120,000.

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GM Timing Belt Tech Data and Replacement Intervals

GM timing belt info.
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Be sure to replace your timing belt at the required intervals for your General Motors vehicle. Timing belt replacement is crucial to the life of your engine. Interference type engines can suffer expensive damage in the case of timing belt failure. Bent valves are not cheap to replace! Below are the timing belt maintenance intervals and info for GM cars.

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Honda Timing Belt Tech Data and Replacement Intervals

Honda timing belt info.
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Honda vehicles can go as much as 105,000 miles before they need the timing belt replaced. However, some models have a shorter recommended interval; some need to be replaced at 90,000 miles.

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Hyundai Timing Belt Replacement Intervals

Hyundai and Infiniti timing belt info.
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Most Hyundais need to have the timing belt replaced at 60,000 miles. If you are hard on your car, such as doing long distance commuting or traveling in extreme weather, you may also have to replace the water pump at the same time. While that can be a costly repair package, preventative maintenance can save you thousands over time.