Timing Belts and Chains

Do you know if you have a timing belt or a chain under the hood of your vehicle? It really will serve you to know what’s under the hood of your car.

A timing belt or chain is a critical part of your vehicle and it’s a tough one to assess because it’s installed and working deep under the hood. We can’t see it without removing parts.

If your timing belt lets go, snaps, cracks or breaks while it’s in use, the car quits running and you will be towed. You don’t know until it’s broken, and when it’s broken you’re broken down, and the engine’s possibly damaged.

Most timing belts are made of cogged rubber, which can break or become brittle with use and over time. A metal chain usually lasts a lot longer and doesn’t have a regular replacement schedule.  Timing belts have a regular replacement schedule determined by the manufacturer and can be good for 60,000- 105,000 miles before replacement.  Be sure to check your owners manual for recommended replacement or give us a call and we will find out for you.

It’s not a cheap fix to replace a belt, but you’ll pay less in the long run if you get your car, truck, SUV or hybrid the regular service it needs. If you’re planning to keep the vehicle for a long time, belt or chain replacement is an investment.

We had a client who was ready to go to Madison, Wisconsin in a 200,000 mile Honda, and it had been 110,000 miles since the last timing belt replacement. The timing belt replacement schedule for their vehicle was 90,000 miles.  We couldn’t get it done in time for him to leave on his trip, so we suggested that he go rent a Grand Caravan just for that trip.

And he did.

Then he had us replace the belt in his Honda when he got back.

It’s not worth it. He could have been on the side of the road between here and Wisconsin, having destroyed a van that he relied on every day. All he needed was education. He was ready to go, so it’s just about letting him know. He made an informed choice that was right for him.

He had a great, safe time away and knew what he needed to do to for his van when he got home.

That’s how we love to work at Tom’s. We explain and share about what’s happening under the hood of your car. The service and value also come in the form of recommendations and problem-solving next steps regarding your car’s maintenance. We can even help you prioritize the tasks.

It’s always your decision in the end.

We want you to make the best and most-informed choice for yourself.

Discover more about how the team at Tom’s Automotive Service, or schedule your next appointment now.

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Denny and Jim
Denny and Jim

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I got a flat tire across the street from Tom's Automotive. Although they don't repair tires, they immediately sent over a technician to change my tire. They also filled it with air so I could make it safely to a tire shop, all free of charge. Thanks Adam and the friendly staff at Tom's Automotive for your great service!

Bethany Manahan
Bethany Manahan

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

My bosses were the ones that recommended me to see Tom's when I had my 'check engine' light on some time last year. They were very helpful, and kindly, turned the light off as there wasn't anything particularly wrong with my car. However, recently, my car was being looked at by them (as I've had other things happen to my car), and the staff helped me walk through the process of either furthering the fix or getting rid of my car. As someone who doesn't know anything about cars (oh boy), they really did a great job of explaining things to me. Thanks!

TJ Rawlinson
TJ Rawlinson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I had a great experience with Tom's. We had a good dialog, lots of great communication, and I am happy with the work done. Prices were as expected and no work was done that didn't need to be. I will be going back as needed.

Michael Mizell
Michael Mizell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I always take both my company vehicle and personal vehicles directly over to Tom's whenever I need issues taken care of...except for that one time I had to change a headlight in my Yukon. After struggling with trying to figure out how to take it out, I watched a YouTube video and followed all the steps. It turns out that you cannot simply take the headlight casing out, but you need to take the grill off first, then take the wheel well liner off (which I successfully completed) and then there is a hidden screw that needs to be removed. You cannot see this screw because it is tucked away behind the frame, and a standard socket wrench head is too large and will not work to remove. Feeling defeated, I called Tracy. He said to come on by and they took the screws out for me and helped replacing the headlight. I told him I wanted to at least pay something for the service but he refused to accept anything. These guys have always been good to me, and I appreciate their hard work and honesty.

Kt McVeigh
Kt McVeigh

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

They were very professional and helpful at all times - even when I didn't have time to use their services before I headed out of town, Casey spoke with me on the phone for upwards of 15 minutes to figure out what was wrong with my car, so I could get help elsewhere. Really stand-up place!