Timing Belt

Timing Belt Replacement – Honda & Toyota | Cleveland, TN

When it’s time to replace your timing belt, Smith Auto is here to help. Call or visit us today on South Lee Highway to get started.

At Smith Automotive, we offer Timing Belt Replacement for all makes and models. Our highly trained and ASE-certified mechanics have significant experience with timing belt repairs and replacement. We provide a 2-year warranty on all our services, including Timing Belt Replacement, so you have peace of mind as we service your vehicle.

What is a timing belt?

The timing belt is a crucial component in your vehicle’s engine that synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft. It ensures that the valves open and close at the right time, allowing the engine to function properly. Over time, the timing belt may become worn, stretched or damaged, which can lead to significant engine issues.

When should I replace my timing belt?

The timing belt’s lifespan varies depending on the manufacturer and your vehicle’s make and model. Generally, it’s recommended to replace the timing belt between 60,000 to 100,000 miles or every 5 to 7 years, whichever comes first. However, some vehicles have specific maintenance schedules, so please consult your owner’s manual or speak with our mechanics for accurate guidance.

Signs that You Need to Replace Your Timing Belt:

Mileage and Age

If your vehicle has surpassed the recommended mileage or is approaching the suggested time interval for a timing belt replacement (60,00 to 100,00 miles), it’s important not to ignore it. Proactive replacement helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and critical engine damage.

Engine Misfires

A worn-out timing belt can cause the engine to misfire or run irregularly. You may notice hesitation, loss of power or a rough running engine.

Ticking or Clicking Noises

A loose or damaged timing belt can cause ticking or clicking noises coming from the engine. These unusual sounds should not be ignored, as they may indicate timing belt failure.

Visible Wear or Damage

Regularly inspect your timing belt for signs of wear, such as cracks, fraying or missing teeth. If you notice any visible damage, it’s crucial to have it replaced as soon as possible.

Engine Overheating

A failing timing belt can disrupt the engine’s cooling system, leading to overheating. If you notice your engine temperature rising or frequent instances of overheating, it’s time to get your timing belt checked.

Common Vehicles with Timing Belts

Several car manufacturers are known for using timing belts in their vehicles. Here are some common car makes and models that often utilize timing belts*:

  • Honda – Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey
  • Toyota – Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Highlander and Sienna
  • Volkswagen – Golf, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan
  • Subaru – Impreza, Forester, Outback and Legacy
  • Mitsubishi – Lancer, Outlander and Mirage

*Please note that some newer models of these vehicles have switched to timing chains.

Timing Belt vs. Timing Chain

The primary differences between timing belts and timing chains are material, design and how they transmit power within the engine. While manufacturers decide which part is used in vehicles, it helps to know and understand this critical part in your car.

Timing Belt




Belts have teeth on the inner side that mesh with corresponding gears on the crankshaft & camshaft to synchronize their rotations.


Must be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles or every 5 to 7 years.

Noise & Vibration

Belts are generally quiet and produce little vibration.

Timing Chain




Chains are interlocking metal links that rely on continuous chain movement to synchronize the crankshaft & camshaft.


May last the lifetime of a vehicle or 100,00 to 200,000 miles.

Noise & Vibration

Chains produce more noise & vibration than belts.