Every vehicle that has a timing belt will require a timing belt replacement at some point during its life. Knowing the signs of a failing belt can help drivers ensure their vehicle receives the maintenance it needs before serious issues arise.

Five signs indicating the need for a timing belt replacement include:

1) Fraying or wear on the belt itself. Once the belt starts to crack and split, it is time to have it replaced.

2) Missing teeth. On older vehicles, timing chains rather than belts were used and if any of the metal teeth are missing or broken, a new belt or chain should be installed.

3) Poor fuel economy. A timing belt regulates the timing of engine gears, and if it is not doing its job correctly, will result in odd fuel use patterns.

4) A lack of power. If stepping on the accelerator results in intermittent or low power, a frayed timing belt may be the cause.

5) Mileage. Most manufacturers recommend a timing belt replacement between 60,000 and 90,000 miles of driving.

By servicing a timing belt before major issues arise, drivers can save both time and money on car vehicle repairs.

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