How often do you need to change an Acura timing belt?
A timing belt or chain is an important engine component in that it effectively times the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. It’s basically harmonizing the strokes of each engine to get optimum efficiency and prevent any sort of damage from the piston hitting valves. You need a timing belt for your engine to run, so naturally you want to replace it before it wears out. So how often do you need to change the timing belt in your Acura?
How to know if your timing belt is failing
What are some indicators that your timing belt could be on its last leg? A ticking noise is an indication that the timing belt is wearing down. If your engine won’t turn over at all, it could already be broken. Since the timing belt is responsible for, well, the timing of your engine cylinders, your engine could misfire when the cylinder is opened or closed too early.
Acura recommends changing your timing belt every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. The exact recommendation can be found in the Scheduled Maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual. This will vary by the model and model year of your Acura.
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Acura typically uses a timing belt on models that are equipped with the V6 engine, such as the MDX, while vehicles with the 4-cylinder engine frequently use a timing chain. A timing chain does not need to be replaced, but in rare instances there can be a failure. It’s important to check for wear because when a chain does break, it can cause catastrophic damage.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to your timing belt? Set up a service appointment here at Radley Acura and we’d be happy to help you out. Until then, check back here at the Radley Acura Blog for more maintenance tips.