Honda, Acura, Mini – Independent Auto Care Parker Colorado

When customers come to Independent Auto Care in Parker and ask about their timing belt, the typical recommendation for a timing belt replacement is 90,000 miles for pre-2000 vehicles and 105,000 miles or 7 years, whichever comes first, on newer makes and models of Honda, Acura and Mini.

However, it’s important to have your timing belt (also referred to as a timing chain) checked often. Here’s why:

  • Mileage thresholds are based on average temperatures and ideal conditions. They don’t account for Colorado’s weather extremes. Because we have both hot summers and cold winters, belts can crack, tear and even snap long before your reach the mileage recommendations.
  • If you were to simply wait until the belt snaps, you’re looking at bent valves, piston damage, plus cylinder head or camshaft damage. In fact, if it breaks while driving, it could be catastrophic for your car and not cheap to fix. You could end up repairing a ton of problems in your engine.

By bringing your car, truck or SUV to Independent Auto Care in Parker for ongoing maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups, we’ll visually inspect your vehicle and provide timing belt replacement at the first signs of trouble. Come in or give us a call to set up your appointment.

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Signs You Need a Timing Belt Replacement

The timing belt in a Honda, Acura, Mini and most other vehicles is responsible for synchronizing the movement of the crankshaft and camshaft which control pistons and engine valves. If a belt is damaged, stretched or has snapped, proper timing is off. Valves don’t open, pistons crash into them and your engine is in trouble.

To prevent the worst-case scenario, here are some signs that you need a timing belt replacement:

  • Ticking noise from inside the engine
  • Black smoke from your exhaust pipe
  • Performance issues, rough idling
  • Oil leaking from the front of your motor
  • Engine misfiring – do not ignore this
  • Starter engages but the engine won’t start
  • Lack of power, issues over 200 RPMs

For a Honda, Acura or Mini timing belt replacement or inspection, contact Independent Auto Care to schedule an appointment today.