Also known as a cambelt, a timing belt runs the engine camshaft and crankshaft. It plays the crucial role of timing the pistons' up and down movements with the opening and closing of the engine valves. The belt is made of tough rubber material, which enhances its durability.
All the same, with everyday use and the belt's constant movement in the motor, it is exposed to extreme pressure, which might ultimately wear it down. If ignored, a damaged timing belt can translate to serious engine problems. Besides, the timing belt might also overstretch with time which impacts its performance. In such a case, you will notice the check engine light illuminating the dashboard or experience a slow engine pick-up.
As a rule of thumb, you should have your timing belt replaced at 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, the intervals can even be longer for newer cars, while some high-mileage vehicles might have their belts even past the recommended interval.
So When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?
The following are some of the telltale signs that might indicate a worn-out timing belt.
A worn-out timing belt tends to slip away from the gears and into the camshaft. As such, one of the cylinders might open and close quicker than expected. Suffice to say, this can easily lead to engine misfires which could ultimately damage the entire system if the belts are not timely repaired.
You Notice Smoke Emanating from The Engine
If you notice too much escaping your car engine on a chilly morning in winter, your timing belt might be the main culprit. Every top of your engine cylinder has two holes-one which allows in air and the other for exhaust. Operating on a worn-out timing belt means that the system will be unsynchronized, meaning that air will get in and out of the system at inappropriate times.
A Rough Idling Engine
Your vehicle's timing belt is equipped with a set of teeth that will help them grip the gears as they constantly rotate the various engine components. As the teeth become brittle and eventually fall off, your timing belt will start slipping away from the gears.
If you believe you need a timing belt replacement, don't hesitate to give our shop a call today!