How Do I know I need a New Timing Belt?
As a vital part of your car’s engine, if there is an issue with your timing belt, it’s very important that you have it replaced immediately. If you aren’t willing to go out of your way and have it replaced, it can lead to expensive and irreparable engine damage.
Below we are going to be looking into the timing belt and some of the different aspects of having it replaced.
What is a Timing Belt?
Simply put, a timing belt allows for different parts of the engine to function at the same pace.
In a more complicated way, your timing belt is in place to ensure that the rotation of both the crankshaft and the camshafts are both synchronized. By doing this, the valves of the engine are also opened and closed at the appropriate times. Of course, there are many other deeper details in regard to the timing belt, although this provides you with a basic understanding of why it’s there and what its purpose is.
It can take several hours to replace a timing belt correctly, as many components of the engine need to be removed to gain access to the belt.
Common Signs That Your Timing Belt Needs to be Replaced
Now that you know what a timing belt is and why its purpose is vital to your cars functionality, let’s take a look at some of the most common signs which indicate that your timing belt is in desperate need of replacement.
- Issues Starting Your Car. If your timing belt has failed or stretched, it may be difficult to start your vehicle, as the internal components may not be correctly lined up. You may also notice a distinct lack of power when driving your vehicle.
- Age of your car. This is of course one of the more common reasons out there. As with all car parts, over time your timing belt will begin to wear and you will be forced to replace it. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way for you to prevent this from happening and even if you are not doing the mileage, age takes its toll on the rubber components that make up the belt. Replacing it at the correct time interval is vital to keeping your vehicle running at its best.
The Cost of a New Timing Belt
If you haven’t had a timing belt replaced on your car before then upon having it replaced, you could be fairly shocked. Again, due to how vital this piece is to the engine, it can be expensive to have replaced.
Now, some people choose to postpone having the timing belt replaced, we highly recommend that you avoid doing this. If you leave a worn timing belt on your engine and don’t have it replaced, you are putting your engine at risk of further extensive and irreparable damage.
If a mechanic recommends that you have the timing belt replaced, it is essential to have it replaced as soon as possible. Failing to do so will lead to further problems with your car and will only cost you more.
Time for a New Timing Belt?
If you see any signs that you may have an issue with your car, it’s important that you get it checked out as soon as you can, especially if you use your car regularly and rely on it to get on with your day.
Now, you may decide to replace it yourself. This is only recommended if you have prior mechanical knowledge, as the repercussions of getting it wrong can be catastrophic on your engine.