Timing Belt in Volkswagen Vehicles

The timing belt is probably one of a vehicle's most underrated parts. This small rubber component sits behind the more attention-grabbing serpentine belt and often goes unnoticed until it gives out. You should be conscious of the timing belt on your Volkswagen for more reasons than one and primarily because of the part's ability to cause severe engine damage if it breaks. Here is a small note about timing belts and when it's time to change them in your Volkswagen car or truck.

What is a timing belt?

Quite frankly, the timing belt is the accessory that keeps all components of the engine working harmoniously. The rubber belt has a toothed-like design that connects the motor's crankshaft with the camshaft. As its name implies, the timing belt serves as a juncture keeper so that the pistons can quickly move in an up and down motion without colliding with the valves, which open and close in an engine.

A worn or inoperable timing belt can drastically affect a road trip. You may even find yourself on the side of the highway if this small component snaps unexpectedly.

When is it time for the change?

The drastic consequences of a worn timing belt are why many Volkswagen drivers try to stay on top of maintenance when it comes to this accessory. There is no definite date for when a belt must be replaced since the component is primarily made of rubber. While it is true that timing belt manufacturers provide a mileage estimate for when they believe that their products may need replacing, there are instances where belts break prematurely.

The significance of timing belts and their unpredictability are why you are advised to have a skilled mechanic inspect the condition of your belt as often as possible. Technicians can detect cracks and unseasonable wear that could lead to a crisis on the road. They can provide a more accurate timeline for replacing your timing belt than the manufacturer's label, which is not representative of your driving habits.

You can learn more about timing belts on Volkswagen cars and trucks, as well as those vehicles that do not have this component when you stop by our dealership to test drive a new automobile.

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