The timing belt is what synchronizes the cam and crankshafts in your engine and keeps your car, truck, or SUV running smoothly. For your engine to run properly, the timing belt, has to perfectly sync with the valves with the motion of the pistons. To prevent the timing belt from failing, it should be replaced periodically. Different automakers have different intervals for timing belt replacement. Ask your service advisor at Van Dorn Auto Repair in Alexandria what your recommended interval is for a timing belt replacement. If the timing belt slips or breaks, the split-second synchronization of engine components can be lost and, the damage could be catastrophic, and costly. A broken timing belt can cause the pistons to collide with the valves, potentially bending or breaking them, along with the pistons, cylinders, and potentially the crank-shaft. A broken timing belt while driving can leave you stranded in the middle, or on the side of the road. Don't get stranded on the roads of Alexandria, VA. If you suspect your timing belt needs to be replaced, call Van Dorn Auto Repair at 703-751-1499, or schedule an appointment online today.