What is a Timing Belt?

closeup car timing belt in clean engine room

Have you ever wondered, “What is a Timing Belt?” Timing belts are essential to keeping a vehicle running on West Chester streets! A timing belt uses the rotational energy of your camshaft to control valve timing, power your alternator, and sometimes even power a supercharger! From controlling the gas and airflow into your combustion chamber to powering your electrical systems, timing belts are one of the most crucial parts of your engine. Read on to learn about what is a timing belt and how much is a timing belt, and contact Mercedes-Benz of West Chester with any questions or service tips.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

Whether you have a new Mercedes-Benz car, truck, or SUV, or you’ve been driving your used model for years, you need to be careful about maintaining your vehicle’s timing belt. While timing belt cost is usually around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor, damage from a broken timing belt can cost anywhere from $1,500-$2,000! Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles, so be sure that you are well-within your service period, and if not, get your timing belt checked out at the service center at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester near Chadds Ford.

Signs That Your Vehicle May Need a New Timing Belt

Whether your timing belt is made of rubber or uses a more-complex timing chain, there are a number of obvious signs that there is an issue, such as: 

  • The engine won’t turn over
  • The engine sometimes misfires
  • An increase in smoke and fumes
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor
  • Ticking noises are coming from the engine
  • The engine has difficulty between 2000 – 4000 RPM

Learn More About Car Maintenance from Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

Now that you know the answer to, “What is a timing belt?” and “How much is a timing belt?”, have your timing belt inspected to keep you going on Glenmoore streets. Make an appointment with the service center at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester if you need help keeping your Mercedes-Benz running in tip-top shape. Check out our service specials and then give us a call today. Mercedes-Benz of West Chester is always at your service whether you need help with your timing belt or just need your tires rotated!

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