Signs the Rubber Timing Belt may be failing

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The Gurinai Rubber Timing Belt can fail without any prior symptoms, so if you're within the mileage window, you should go ahead and have it replaced regardless. That being said, sometimes your car will give you a bit of warning that the belt is wearing out. You should take the car to a qualified auto repair shop if you experience any of the following:

Difficulty starting the car. This can occur for a number of reasons, but often it's because the ignition timing is off.

Visible exhaust. If your car starts pouring out thick smoke from the tailpipe, the fuel isn't burning properly – possibly due to the valves not opening or closing in time.

Odd vibrations with the engine. When the timing belt is stretched or is missing teeth, it can throw off the engine's natural rhythm, causing the vehicle to vibrate or shake.

Leaky, hot-running engine. These are not direct symptoms of a bad timing V Ribbed Belt, but if the car runs hotter than it should or is leaking fluids, it can cause undue wear on the belt and possibly cause it to fail prematurely.

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