What are the Indicators of a Malfunctioning Timing Belt?

February 14th, 2023 by
what are the indicators of a malfunctioning timing belt?

Learn the indicators of a malfunctioning timing belt at Beck & Masten Buick GMC.

A bad timing belt may show a myriad of symptoms, such as noises coming from the front of the vehicle, engine misfires, and poor engine power. In many cases, if a timing belt breaks, the worst outcome is that engine will not run at all, and the engine can not be restarted without a timing belt replacement service. In other cases, a broken timing belt can result in permanent damage to the engine. We should mention that some cars have a timing chain rather than a timing belt, but they work in the same way. Other signs of a malfunctioning Timing Belt may include the Check Engine light coming on, ticking or clanking noises coming from the front of the engine, and excessive engine vibrations. While, maybe, not as obvious as other components like the transmission, shocks (and struts), or brakes, the timing belt (or timing chain) is an important part that needs proper attention.

What is the Job of a Timing Belt?

What’s the Function of a Timing Belt?

The timing belt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are synchronized with the engine. This synchronization of the camshaft and crankshaft is essential for the engine’s valves to operate in the correct sequence, letting the engine work correctly. Timing belts are often constructed using rubber and are likely to wear down over time. Some cars are equipped with timing chains, they serve the same purpose but are constructed of metal instead of rubber. Timing chains can last longer but will still need to be replaced over time.

What Is The Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

What Is The Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

The price of timing belt replacement can change because of several factors, such as the age of the vehicle, the make and model, and the cost of the replacement parts. For instance, a timing belt replacement on an old engine with a more basic engine design should have a lower price than a new luxury vehicle with a more complex engine design. Additionally, some manufacturers may require additional parts to be replaced, such as the water pump, tensioners, and idler pulleys, which can clearly increase the cost of the replacement service.

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

What is the Correct Timing Belt Replacement Schedule?

A timing belt (or chain) ought to be replaced when directed by the vehicle manufacturer, which can range from every 60-100,000 miles or every 5-7 years, depending on the make and model of the vehicle. You may feel obligated to replace the timing belt earlier, 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). In general, it is better to replace the timing belt before it fails to avoid costly engine damage.

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Beck & Masten Buick GMC is one of the best places to get Houston auto repair and service. Visit us in person or online if your vehicle shows any of the indicators of a malfunctioning timing belt. No matter the make or model of your vehicle, our helpful staff is ready to serve you.

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