Timing Belt Maintenance at Herle's Truck & Auto Specialists
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A timing belt is a part of your car's internal combustion engine. The belt synchronizes the camshaft and the crankshaft rotation so that the engine valves open and close at the correct timings. Also, the belt prevents the piston from striking the valves in an interference engine. A timing Belt is a rubber belt that usually features teeth on the inside surface, while a timing chain is a metal roller chain. Most cars we drive now have timing belts instead of timing chains and gears. Although different manufacturers have their recommended mileage, you need to have your car's timing belt checked regularly. To have it checked by experts, contact Herle's Truck Repair & Car Repair Specialists today!
What is a timing belt?
A timing belt is a rubber belt that controls the timing of internal combustion engines. The belt itself is unremarkable in appearance: it is simply a rubber belt with teeth. However, it performs a vital function by ensuring that the crankshaft (which controls the pistons) and the camshaft (which controls the valves) rotate in sync.
This is vital for two reasons:
- The valves need to open and close at precisely the right moment to allow the intake of air into the engine, which in turn allows the combustion of fuel and production of energy. Incorrect timing can mean limited air intake and a compromised ability to burn fuel.
- Without the timing belt, the pistons and valves fall out of sync and collide. This is a big problem, since the valves in your engine are very fragile and bend easily. One collision with the pistons is all it takes to cause a costly repair.
When does the timing belt need to be replaced?
Unlike your brakes or suspension, there is no warning sign that your timing belt is wearing down. Your car or truck will simply be running smoothly one moment and fail the next.
Given this, it is imperative to observe the service guidelines in your manufacturer’s logbook and always get your timing belt replaced on time. Doing so will protect your back pocket as well as your warranty. For some cars or trucks, this can mean a timing belt replacement every 60 000km or four years. For other vehicles it is every 100,000km or five years.