Don’t wear out that timing belt–ship your car with Nationwide Auto Transport!

Posted December 21st, 2010 by Chip Shipt and filed in Transport Tips
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Not too long ago I wrote a post on how shipping your car with Nationwide saves you from putting a lot of miles on your car, thereby putting a bit of distance between your car and its next oil change.

The point being, why drive your car across this great land of ours when you don’t really feel like it or don’t have the time? Furthermore, why put wear and tear on your car when it’s not necessary? That’s just money out of your pocket!

What is a timing belt? Wikipedia says…

Why put unneeded wear and tear on your timing belt? Ship your car with Nationwide!A timing belt, or cam belt (informal usage), is a part of an internal combustion engine that controls the timing of the engine’s valves.

Timing belts must be replaced at the manufacturer’s recommended distance and/or time periods. Failure to replace the belt can result in complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure. The owner’s manual maintenance schedule is the source of timing belt replacement intervals, typically every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

The usual failure modes of timing belts are either stripped teeth (which leaves a smooth section of belt where the drive cog will slip) or delamination and unraveling of the fiber cores. Outright snapping of the belt, because of the nature of the high tensile fibers, is very uncommon. Correct belt tension is critical – too loose and the belt will whip, too tight and it will whine and put excess strain on the bearings of the cogs. In either case belt life will be drastically shortened. Aside from the belt itself, also common is a failure of the tensioner, and/or the various gear and idler bearings, causing the belt to derail.

Sounds bad! So, we have two takeaways from this:

  • Replace your timing belt.
  • Ship your car with Nationwide Auto Transport whenever you don’t feel like driving!

Need help right now? We’re ready! Please talk to one of our Car Shipping Experts!

Chip Shipt
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team

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