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How Are Your Timing Chains & Belts?

Performance Auto Specialists has been performing service to a broad range of vehicles since 1991. We all learn from doing, and after 26 years we’ve come a long way. As the US import market has grown, we answered that calling by becoming a reputable shop to have your vehicle serviced at. Our team of certified mechanics know imports, and enjoy solving problems and providing preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is often overlooked in our busy lives, but should not be. The cost savings by maintaining your vehicle with a little forward thinking in mind will literally take you miles.

Timing belts and timing chains have long been a point of service that we provide to our customers. Many import autos features belts or chains in typically and all aluminum block. This allows for many positives, but with age and mileage, belts need to be replaced. Timing chains are typically not a point of failure, however many engines equipped with chains have plastic timing chain guides. Just as with timing belts, timing chains need to have proper tension kept on them to keep your engine in check. With age many things break down, plastic and rubber components are no exception. Low mileage older vehicles are not in the clear either, because of time, temperature and breakdown belts can fail. The exact same principle applies to vehicles with plastic timing chain guides. Temperatures internally waxing and waning over time causes plastic to give way, and shatter.

Here’s the important part. If your engine’s guides, chain or timing belt fail at highway speeds it can be catastrophic. When the timing belt, timing chain or guides fail your engine loses its ability to run smooth and keep proper timing, hence the name. This in turn can bend valves, and turn your once perfect engine into a paper weight. Once that has happened the cost often outweighs that of the vehicle’s value. So, performing timing belt, timing chain, or timing guide maintenance in a preventative fashion will save you thousands and keep your engine running for miles to come. Timing chain tensioners, depending on age often need replacing as well. They do exactly what say. They keep tension on your chain for optimal performance, sometimes while controlled by a VANOS system, but we’ll save that for another day.

Be sure to bring your beloved import in for service and advice today. Based on age, mileage and overall maintenance we can recommend preventive service that will keep you safely and efficiently on the road for years to come. Don’t wait for a problem to occur, get ahead of it today.

Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re here to serve you.

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Performance Auto Specialists has offered affordable, reliable repair and maintenance to Wilmington residents since 1991.