When to Change Your Volkswagen Timing Belt
Being safe on the road means more than driving responsibly and obeying the speed limit. It also means taking good care of your car. We’ve found that many of our drivers are confident on some maintenance schedules, but less so on others. In general, you should start considering a timing belt replacement around the 60,000-mile mark (always check your owner’s manual, though), but if you are visiting our service center for routine oil changes, tire rotations, and check-ups, we’ll be sure to let you know of any services that should be taken care of. Read on to learn a bit of the “why” behind maintenance like this.
When and Why to Change Your Timing Belt
The timing belt is responsible for ensuring that the crankshaft and camshaft turn at the correct rate, which in turn ensures that the pistons are moving correctly for compression and exhaust cycles. If the mechanical language goes over your head, don’t worry; the short of it is that a timing belt ensures your engine behaves predictably – it sets the timing. Suffice it to say that this is an important part of the car.
So how do you figure out precisely when you’re going to have to change your timing belt? Well, you don’t want it to wear thin and break on you, which means that this is a pre-emptive piece of maintenance. Like wearing your brake pads thin, breaking a timing belt can cause some serious damage. While we recommend keeping an eye on the timing belt once you hit 60,000 miles, many can last longer (again, check your manual).
If you notice any of these signs, however, you should head to the service center as soon as possible. They’re generally bad symptoms for a vehicle, but they can also be indicative of a timing belt wearing out:
- general loss of power
- decrease in fuel economy
- engine misfiring
- noticeable engine vibration
Contact Commonwealth VW to Make an Appointment
Whether you need your timing belt changed or your oil changed, our service center is here for you. We’ll use only genuine WW parts to ensure your vehicle is kept running just as the engineers intended. Schedule your service appointment today so you can stay ahead of the wear and tear and keep your car in top shape.