Dan's Automotive in Hudson NY

964 State Route 9H, Ghent NY 12075
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Your Vehicle's Timing Belt + Why It should be Replaced, especially Subarus

WARNING: ALL Subaru motors, for the last 21 years, are interference motors! That means if the timing belt breaks while the motor is running, all the valves will get bent and the motor will be wiped out. So if you can't remember when the last time you had your Subaru's belt replaced. bring it in and let us replace the belt and the water pump, since the water pump is under the belt cover and runs off of the timing belt. Also if there is a lot of noise too, you may need a new belt tensioner and bearing set too. Let me check this out and get these mission critical parts replaced ASAP before your motor gets destroyed.
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The timing belt is the most important belt on your engine. It is the belt that drives and synchronizes your engine's camshaft(s) with your engine's crankshaft, on an overhead cam, or OHC, motor. It replaces the earlier timing chains, which resembled a bicycle chain and sprocket set, that older OHC motors had, as well as even older motors that don't have overhead cam(s), like the old style V-8s with mere overhead valves. Without delving into more details, it is a really important part that can and will wear out. Certain sorts of motors, called interference engines, will self destruct if the timing belt breaks or slips too much. This happens when the out of synch valves hit the pistons, the the valves bend and break

So you should be very wary of your timing belt. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. If the car is used and/or you don't know it and when it was replaced, and it has over 100,000 miles, get it checked and replaced. If you hear the belt slapping against the plastic cover, or the engine starts running really poorly with low power, that might mean trouble too.

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While Dan has the front of your motor and radiator all apart, it is a great time to replace the water pump too, which is usually driven off the timing belt. This is actually suggested in many maintenance schedule for the mere fact that the labor to just replace the pump would be astronomical while the price for the pump is low. So you do the water pump along with the cam belt. Also, if it a high mileage motor, the tensioners and pulleys for the timing belt should be checked and maybe replaced, along with the oil seals at the end of the cam(s) and crankshaft. It can get expensive, especially if you have a V-6 transverse mounted motor, but it has to be done and done right occasionally

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