Timing Belt Replacement Service: Toyota, Lexus, Scion
Toy Car Care, Centennial Colorado
Why are timing belt replacement services from Toy Car Care so important? Because your engine’s timing belt is responsible for synchronizing engine crankshaft and camshaft movements. If it breaks, especially while you’re driving, the pistons will crash into the valves and wreak all kinds of havoc on your engine.
And that would be a whole different visit to Toy Car Care in Centennial.
Depending on the year of your Toyota, Lexus or Scion, you may or may not have a timing belt under the hood. Some vehicles have been switched to metal timing chains, which were built to last much longer, perhaps as long as the lifetime of the engine. For example, if you drive a V6 2008 Highlander, it has a timing chain. Older models will still have the belt.
To ensure your pistons and valves are properly orchestrated, the timing belt should be inspected at about 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. This check is on Toy Car Care’s list for our factory scheduled maintenance services, so you can rest assured that we’ll replace it if there are any signs pointing towards a potential timing belt failure.
Of course, even vehicles that are nowhere near the 60,000 mile mark are susceptible to timing belt issues. Symptoms to look for include:
- Your car won’t start. Without the belt, your crankshaft and camshaft can’t get fuel to the combustion chamber. You may hear the starter motor, but your engine won’t turn over.
- Something’s ticking. As the timing belt wears out, you’ll often hear a ticking inside the motor due to your crank and cam movements being slightly off. Ticking is a big red flag.
- Engine misfires. Stutters, jerking and loss of power can point to any number of issues, including the timing belt – again, once your engine falls out of sync, things fall apart quickly.
Having symptoms? Getting close to the 60,000 mark? Don’t let a timing belt replacement turn into an engine replacement. Toy Car Care offers professional timing belt replacement services to keep your Toyota, Lexus or Scion firing in perfect harmony!