Timing Belt

The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. Failure to replace the belt can result in complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure. Timing belts must be replaced at the manufacturer's recommended distance and/or time periods. Your vehicles owner’s manual maintenance schedule is the source of timing belt replacement intervals, typically every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. It is common to replace the timing belt tensioner at the same time as the belt is replaced.


Serpentine Belt

A serpentine belt is a single, continuous belt used to power multiple devices in your engine. These include the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, A/C compressor and air pump. If your serpentine belt breaks it will cause numerous components in your vehicle to stop working and lead to costly repairs. Your D.T. AUTO INC. technician will check your belt every time you get your oil changed and alert you if they see signs of wear.