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Automotive Tips from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto: Timing Belt Overview

Posted October 08, 2017 12:01 PM

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Spring Hill. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is important. If it should break, you could end up at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto with expensive engine damage.

Ask your friendly and professional George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.

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George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Automotive Tips from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Posted March 27, 2017 03:30 AM

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Spring Hill drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor can help you with the timing belt.

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George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill

Posted November 06, 2016 08:28 AM

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.

Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement of the valves and pistons must be in harmony with each other. This choreography is the job of the timing belt or timing chain.

Timing belts, or chains, rotate the shafts that control the opening and closing of the valves. Timing chains are metal and durable enough that they may never need to be replaced.

Most vehicles, however, use a timing belt. Timing belts are tough and flexible, and considering the work they do, they last a long time for Spring Hill auto owners . But they do wear out. If they break, the consequences for Spring Hill drivers can spell disaster.

No matter what kind of engine you have, a broken timing belt will cause the engine to shut down or will lead to major engine damage. But in some engines, the valves protrude down into the cylinders enough that if the timing belt breaks, the pistons can smash the valves, bending or breaking them. If the engine is spinning fast enough, the broken parts can then shred the cylinder head. This adds to thousands of dollars of engine damage.

The only way the damage can be avoided by Spring Hill auto owners is by replacing the timing belt on schedule. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt at 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers), but others can go as long as 90,000 or 100,000 miles (145,000 to 160,000 kilometers). Check the schedule for preventive maintenance in your owner's manual. If you're due or overdue for a timing belt replacement, don't put it off. Get it done now at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill.

Your friendly and knowledgeable George's Wholesale Tire & Auto technicians probably aren't great dancers, but they can offer you some great auto advice on how to keep your engine properly choreographed. Don't hesitate to consult them about replacing your timing belt or any other car care concerns you may have.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Spring Hill

Posted June 26, 2016 12:15 PM

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.

Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned.

Call George's Wholesale Tire & Auto at (352) 398-1701 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our Spring Hill, Florida, service center on 322 Suzanne Avenue.

It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.

The timing belt is responsible for rotating the shafts that control the valves. It's vital and precision work. Timing belts are made of very tough, flexible material. They can last a long time. But they eventually wear out and can break. The consequences can be disastrous.

In some engines, the valves actually protrude far enough into the cylinders that they could come in contact with the piston. If the timing belt breaks, the pistons will smash into the valves. Valves get bent or broken. If the engine is spinning fast enough, the broken parts will shred the cylinder head as well. Repairing this damage can cost several thousand dollars.

It's a sad day when this happens; especially since it usually can be avoided. Manufacturers have issued recommendations for when you should replace your timing belt. For some engines, it's at 60,000 miles/97,000 km. For others it's at 90,000 miles/145,000 km or more. If you're approaching 60,000 miles/97,000 km or have passed it, make sure you check your owner's manual or with your Spring Hill auto service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for when the timing belt should be replaced. Don't let this one slip by.

Now some timing belts are visible and can be inspected. Others are hidden under a protective cover and are hard to get to. Some timing belts also drive the water pump. If you have a leaky water pump, the coolant will contaminate the timing belt and could make it fail sooner. So if you have this kind of engine, get it in to George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for an inspection right away if you have a coolant leak.

Most people in the Spring Hill area with this engine design end up with a new timing belt when they replace the water pump. And when you're having your timing belt replaced on schedule, check with your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto auto service advisor to see if it makes sense to install a new water pump, even if it isn't currently having problems, since most of the labor is already being done any way for the timing belt replacement.

As a heads up; larger engines will often have metal timing chains rather than belts. The chains don't need to be replaced like belts.

We've already told you how very expensive it can be to get your car running again after a timing belt fails. You also need to know that replacing the timing belt is very labor intensive and is one of the most costly maintenance services you will have. So if you will be at the point where your timing belt should be replaced in the next year or so, ask for an estimate from George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill, Florida, so you can begin to prepare for the expense.

We at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, your Spring Hill service center, can be a valuable partner. Please take advantage of our knowledge and experience.

George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607
(352) 398-1701



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