How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement

Have you noticed a few strange things happening with your vehicle and suspect the timing belt? There are a few factors to consider and a few others that can let you know when it is time to replace your timing belt.

What Is a Timing Belt?

The timing belt in your vehicle controls the piston movements and the opening and closing of the valves in time. The majority of car engines run on a four-stroke operation, which involves the piston ascending and lowering, throughout each of the four stages of the cycle: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. This cycle must coincide with the frequency of the exhaust and intake valves, which is determined by the camshaft. The rubber timing belt in your car has teeth on it. It connects the crankshaft and camshaft, and it must be replaced on occasion.

How Do You Know When to Replace a Timing Belt?

To determine whether you can effectively remove the timing belt cover, consult a repair manual that contains step-by-step repair instructions. Vehicle repair manuals are typically available at auto parts retailers, and many offer free customer lending. If you can reach the belt, it should be tight and flex slightly when your thumb is placed along the length of it between gears. It should not have rounded edges, be polished or glossy, or have sections absent, major fractures, peeling, or unraveling. It should also be smooth and flat with no rounded corners). Small surface cracks are OK, but surface spider cracking indicates severe wear. If any teeth are missing or tarnished from an oil or coolant leak, replace the belt.

Signs to Watch Out For

Although you may hear the motor starts to engage when you press the ignition button if your timing belt has snapped, your engine won't be able to turn over. The engine cylinders may open or shut out of rhythm if your belt slips due to wear. The engine will make a banging sound, and you can experience a jerky action. A visual inspection for oil leakage or belt impurity may typically be done as part of normal maintenance; both of these conditions can hasten belt breakdown. It's normal for your engine to seep a little fluid from the timing belt cover, but over time, the extra oil might cause the timing belt to wear out sooner than it should.

Timing Belt Replacement in Vancouver, WA & Surrounding Areas

If by observation you have determined that you need a timing belt replacement, drive your car to Hoesly Automotive for professional services.

Written by Hosely Automotive