Worn Timing Belt Indicators

February 14th, 2023 by
worn timing belt indicators

Learn if your car is showing worn timing belt indicators at Mandal Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

A worn timing belt can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as low engine power, noises coming from the front of the vehicle, and engine misfires. In many situations, if a timing belt breaks, the engine will no longer run, and the engine can not be restarted without replacing the timing belt. On vehicles with interference engines, a broken timing belt can result in permanent damage to the engine. It should be noted that some cars have a timing chain rather than a timing belt, but they function in the same manner. Other signs of a malfunctioning Timing Belt (or bad timing chain) may include excessive engine vibrations, clanking or ticking noises coming from under the hood, and the Check Engine light coming on. While not as obvious as other parts like the transmission, brakes, or shocks, the timing belt (or timing chain) is a crucial component that needs proper attention.

What's the Job of a Timing Belt?

What is the Function of a Timing Belt?

The timing belt ensures that the crankshaft and camshaft are synchronized with the engine. This synchronization of the crankshaft and camshaft is critical for the engine’s valves to operate in the proper sequence, allowing the engine to run properly. Timing belts are typically made of rubber and are likely to wear down over time. Some cars are built with timing chains, they serve the same purpose but are made of metal. Timing chains can be more durable but will still need to be replaced due to age.

Is There a Specific Time Frame When The Timing Belt Should Be Replaced?

How Long Does a Timing Belt Last?

A timing belt ought to be replaced at the intervals recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, which can range from every 5-7 years or 60-100,000 miles, depending on things like the make and model and usage of the vehicle. You may feel obligated to replace the timing belt sooner, based on the type of driving the vehicle is subjected to (such as extreme hot or cold weather, frequent short trips, or high-mileage use). Generally, it is cheaper to replace the timing belt early to avoid major engine damage.

How Much Does A Timing Belt Replacement Cost?

What Is The Typical Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

The cost of replacing a timing can change due to several factors, like the make and model, the cost of the replacement parts, and the age of the vehicle. For instance, replacing a timing belt on an older car with a more simple engine design will likely have a lower cost than a new sports car with a sophisticated engine design. Additionally, some cars may highly suggest that additional components be replaced while replacing the timing belt, such as the tensioners, water pump, and idler pulleys, which can increase the cost of the replacement service.

Schedule Biloxi Auto Service

Mandal Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is one of the best places to get Biloxi auto repair and service. Visit us in person or online if your vehicle shows any worn timing belt indicators. No matter the make or model of your vehicle, our helpful staff is ready to serve you.

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