Just as you periodically need to change the oil in your vehicle to keep its engine running, so must you change your timing belt. Although the timing belt doesn't need to be changed nearly as frequently as oil, a broken timing belt will cause the engine to stop. Here is what it does.

The timing belt is a critical component because it controls the engine's crankshaft and camshaft by allowing both to turn in a synchronized manner. Like other moving parts, the timing belt experiences wear. Eventually, it will start to fray, which can cause it to snap and cause considerable engine damage.

Check your vehicle's owner's manual to determine when the timing belt should be replaced. Most replacements should occur every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Be aware, however, that your technician may recommend replacement sooner if your experience heavy-duty driving and the belt is beginning to fray.

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