The timing belt is essential to the function of an engine. The timing belt acts as a link between the two halves of your car’s engine allowing for proper air flow, at the correct time, within your engine. Due to the immense force under which a timing belt functions, it is essential to replace your timing belt routinely. Generally timing belts should be replaced every 60,000-80,000 miles however check your car’s service manual for exact frequency.
If you have no record of your timing belt being changed, you should have your belt inspected at 60,000 miles just to be safe. Failure to maintain/change your timing belt can result in total engine failure.
The most common symptoms of a failing or broken timing belt are: