Automotive Tips from Mackert Automotive LLC: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your vehicle.

An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slip – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.

It is critical for Gig Harbor auto owners to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced.

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Mackert Automotive LLC
253-851-3307
3416-B 57th ST CT NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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