When’s the last time you had the headlight fluid level checked?
Kidding aside, uhh… yes, you should worry about your timing belt. Well, not really worry, but you need to make sure it gets changed every 80k. So if the car’s really old, you might want to have a mechanic you trust to look at it. There’s really no way to tell it’s bad unless you look.
Considering how that belt sounds, I’d bet all your belts need replacing. Again, not 100% sure, get a mechanic to check for broken teeth/shredding on the belts.
Alternator belt problems can cause your alternator to go out, costing you $$$. It will also cause your battery to drain and eventually leave you stranded somewhere.
If it’s the AC belt then the same thing goes, only for your AC this time, leaving you all sweaty with your windows down in front of the hotties next to you at a stop light. Not a good look. Not a cheap one, either.
Also, one of those belts drives your Water Pump. You don’t that want to break, because it’s a costly repair and it could make your engine overheat and destroy it, an even costlier repair. Well, not really a repair since you’ll be buying a new engine at that point.
Belts are important. Have it looked at and have the timing belt looked at too. Especially if you want to keep the car for more than another year. Even if it’s fairly new, you may still want to have it looked at because sometimes when a belt goes bad it can ribbon and send pieces of itself into the other belts where it wraps around the pulley and eventually causes even more stuff to break. This is especially true with import cars (Hondas) that have balance shaft belts. Many mechanics do not change out the balance shaft belt along with the timing belt. They should, so be sure to mention that as well. This is, of course, assuming that you’re talking to a reputable mechanic in the first place. :tup: