If you are replacing a timing belt, you should also replace the belt tensioner(s) and idler pulley(s), too. Why? Because these parts are often worn and will cause problems down the road if they are not changed.
Timing belts are made of a very durable rubber, with layers of cord to prevent stretching. This arrangement provides years of trouble free service and precise valve timing. Eventually the rubber and cords begin to deteriorate. They recommend replacing the timing belt for this reason. The recommended replacement interval for a timing belt varies, depending on several factors. The design of the engine and the age of the belt determines when it should be replaced, and vehicle manufacturers provide guidelines which must be followed.
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Replacing the timing belt, however is much more affordable than repairing the engine damage that can be caused by a snapped timing belt. A snapped timing belt can cause damages upwards of $3000 or more so, as you can see, it’s much better just to take care of those replacements when they come due. While a snapped timing belt can cause costly damage to any vehicle, the repercussions are particularly severe for vehicles with interference engines. If your car has an interference engine, you certainly won’t want to take any chances with your timing belt.