Your VIP Belts and Hoses Experts
The VIP AutoPro are your experts when it comes to maintaining, servicing and repairing the belts and hoses that run through the engine compartment of your vehicle.
Your VIP AutoPro Experts know your vehicle from the inside out.
If any of these components fail, it can affect your vehicle starting, running or stopping.
Timing Belt Warning Signs
You may need to have your Timing Belt Replaced when:
- Material loss – just like your tires over time the belt wears away
- Cracking – on the belt
- Glazing – shiny or glossy appearance
- Pilling – collection of material loss
- Elongation – the stretching of the belt
- Difficulty Starting
- High Pitched Sound or shriek at start up or idle
Any time that you notice any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to have your timing belt inspected. At VIP AutoPro, if our inspection reveals that you need timing belt needs to be replaced, we will explain exactly what is needed, what is optional and provide you with a written estimate before any work is completed.
The VIP Service Difference – Belt Service
The VIP Belt Service is recommended at least once per year (depending on driving habits) and is an important part of the performance of your vehicle. Every 24,000 km or 12 months having your entire braking system checked can help to identify potential trouble spots and avoid costly repairs.
The VIP Belt Service includes:
- Visual Inspection of the overall condition of the Timing Belt
- Written Report of findings, status and recommendations
The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A Timing Bbelt 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.
If your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working and typically will cause major engine damage. That’s why it’s important to have your timing belt regularly inspected. If the belt is loose or has slipped the valves could open at the wrong time and be struck by your engine’s pistons. Warning sounds include a slapping noise coming from your engine. This indicates a slipped belt.
During inspection of your timing belt, VIP AutoPro Service Experts will look for cracks or stripping that indicate it’s time for belt replacement. Typically, timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 to 86,000 kilometres.
Serpentine Belts, also known as Drive Belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.
If your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, all of the engine parts it is powering will stop working and your engine could overheat and be damaged. VIP AutoPro Service Experts look for cracks, wear, and stripping to determine if your serpentine belt is in danger of failing. Like the timing belt, we recommend having your serpentine belt inspected every time you have your oil changed. Warning sounds include a screeching noise coming from your engine, especially during start-ups on cold mornings or on sharp turns.
Studies have shown that serpentine belts most often fail between 57,000 and 87,000 kilometres. It’s recommended to change your serpentine belt before this mileage.
If you are hearing any squealing or noise from your engine, don’t take the chance and bring it into us. Our VIP Service Experts are Licensed Technicians and will take a look. If you need to replace any of your belts its important to take care of it right away to prevent you from having major troubles with your car, costing a great deal of money.