A timing belt operates the camshafts in a dual-cam type engine or the camshaft in other engine types. Its primary job is to accurately time a valve’s opening and closing, with the up-and-down movements of the pistons. Replacement of the belt normally happens every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. You can find the suggested replacement intervals in the maintenance schedule for your car.
Replacing the Timing Belt
A timing belt replacement is not done often when it comes to automotive maintenance in Kahului. So, when the belt is replaced, it can be a bit expensive. However, the timing belt can also fail at lower mileages. Typically, a premature failure is due to faulty hardware, such as non-functioning tensioner or idlers, or a leaking water pump. The belt is also replaced when improper tension causes damage, or when the belt is soaked in motor oil.
Checking the Belt
Specialists in the field of automotive maintenance know that the belt is covered by a metal or plastic cover. When the belt’s condition is in question, the mechanic removes the cover to assess the functionality. If a belt displays a number of cracks, you need to replace the part. It does not matter if the engine is operational. Not replacing the belt can lead to a far bigger repair and cost.
Interference and Noninterference Engines
Timing belts are installed in two different engines: interference and non-interference engines. These engines are the two primary designs used in autos today. When the belt breaks in an interference engine, it can cause severe damage to the part.
If the belt breaks in a noninterference engine, the engine will stall. However, any further damage may be limited because noninterference engines feature some clearance between the open valves and the piston in the top area.
If you want to check further on a timing belt replacement or other automotive maintenance services, contact us with your inquiries or auto maintenance concerns.