What do you know about the timing belt in your vehicle? For a lot of people, the answer is not very much. They just know that it is a part that some mechanic is telling them that they need to have replaced. They may not even be all that convinced that this is the case, but it is important to understand what the part is before making any judgment calls like that.

The timing belt coordinates the timing between the crankshaft and the camshaft. It allows those two pieces to operate in such a way that the valves that power the vehicle can also operate as they are intended to. Thus, the timing belt plays a critical role in the operation of the vehicle. Someone who tells you that it needs to be replaced may well be telling the truth, and you should listen to what they have to say.

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