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What is a Timing Belt?

Most cars will have multiple belts in the engine compartment that help transfer power between different components and keep the car running properly. It's important to know the differences between these belts, as well as maintenance and replacement procedures when they start to get worn out. These are rubber belts that are put through a lot of strain, so they will wear out eventually and you should be prepared when the time comes.

Timing Belt

The timing belt is also known as the camshaft drive belt. It connects the upper part of the engine (cylinder head) to the lower part (cylinder block). It moves the internal components at specific, synchronized timing increments. This ensures that the compression and combustion cycles are happening correctly. If the timing belt is loose or worn out, it can slip and throw off the engine's timing. That can lead to bigger problems. 

It's a good idea to have your timing belt checked regularly by an auto repair expert. If it needs to be replaced, Bill's Quality Auto Care has you covered. Check out our Specials page for a coupon that will save you $50 on your next timing belt replacement!

Drive Belt

The drive belt is also more commonly known as the fan belt or sometimes referred to as the serpentine belt. It is located on the exterior part of the engine and it provides power from the engine to auxiliary components in the engine compartment. These may include the water pump, air conditioner, air pump, alternator, power steering pump, and others.

The timing belt helps the engine go while the drive belt uses the power from the engine to control other components with precise timing in relation to the engine. In other words, it is also very important to maintain. You always want to make sure it is of the proper tightness and running smoothly. If it needs to be replaced, have the experts at Bill's Quality Auto Care get the job done right.

Bill's Quality Auto Care for Small Parts Replacement

When it comes to all your vehicle's belts, hoses, seals, gaskets and other rubber and plastic components, you have to be prepared for things to get worn out over time. Bring your vehicle into Bill's Quality Auto Care for a full inspection and we can replace/repair any components that are starting to get weak. Remember that one small leak or slip can lead to much bigger problems in your vehicle, so preventative maintenance is always recommended. A $10 gasket replaced before it becomes an issue could save you thousands in automotive repairs down the line!

Call Bill's Quality Auto Care today at (805) 387-9418 or schedule your service appointment online.

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