Timing Belt Replacement
Nissan Timing Belt Replacement
Your Nissan’s timing belt is a crucial component that shouldn’t be overlooked. It helps keep your engine running by synchronizing the rotation of both the crankshaft and camshaft, opening and shutting the engine’s valves at pivotal times each cylinder’s firing. If your vehicle is older or of a certain model (like the Nissan Rogue), the timing belt may actually be a chain (the function remains the same). It is important to have the timing belt checked on a semi-regular basis, as damage and long-term wear can occur. Here’s what you need to know about timing belt replacement and when your car may need one:
Why Timing Belts (Sometimes) Need to Be Replaced
Timing belts are not one of those parts that aren’t regularly replaced. However, they can break down over time, especially in vehicles that reach high mileage points, are decades old, or are simply driven very frequently. Timing belts can also suffer damage due to other parts failing. A Nissan timing belt may also need to be replaced if the water pump requires work, simply because it often must be removed to allow the mechanic access to the affected area.
Signs Your Car is Due for a Timing Belt Replacement
Many times, damaged timing belts don’t send off noticeable warnings until it is already late and your engine suddenly stops working. In other cases, there are various signs you can look for, like engine misfiring or strange whirring or rattling noises. If you have a Nissan with a chain instead of a belt, it’ll be tough not to notice damage or slipping because of the loud rattling noise it’ll make.
How Often to Get Your Nissan Timing Belt Checked
There is no set time interval for when you should get your timing belt checked by an experienced service crew. However, most Nissan professionals recommend that you have it checked between every 60,000 and 100,000 miles. Some heavy drivers actually go ahead and get their timing belts replaced after every 100,000 miles just as a precaution.
Don’t Wait to Schedule Nissan Timing Belt Service
Letting a damaged or worn-down timing belt go ignored can lead to serious, and very costly, repercussions. After all, the timing belt’s entire purpose is to keep essential parts of your engine system running in unison. If anything is off, irreversible damage can occur to the pistons, valves, engine, etc. If you live or drive in the Gainesville area, our team at Carriage Nissan is here for all of your service needs, including timing belt replacement and inspection. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our experienced mechanic. We are located in Gainesville and are proud to serve customers from Oakwood, Sugar Hill, Toccoa, Jefferson, Cumming, and beyond!
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