As one of the most important components of your engine, your timing belt (also known as cam belt) makes sure the valves in the engine open and close at precise intervals to move the pistons. As the timing belt is such an important part of your vehicle, it always needs to be in correct working order to reduce the chance of engine failure.
How do I know the condition of my timing belt?
The timing belt is usually covered by plastic/metal covers, removing the covers will allow to visually assess the condition of the time belt. Our trained technicians will be able to point out if there is any damage to the cambelt, such as cracks on the surface of the belt. If there are cracks this can severely damage the engine, depending on whether the engine is and interference engine. The other damage that will be assessed is whether the belt is stretched. If the belt is stretched this can reduce the power of the engine, making it work harder to get up to speed, meaning fuel economy will be less efficient. A stretched timing belt may be audibly noticed by a rattling in the engine, so if you can hear rattling from the engine, your timing belt may be due a check.
When do I need to change my timing belt?
This is quite hard to pinpoint, due to the differences in quality, the annual mileage and sometimes down to how the user drivers the vehicle. It's usually recommended to replace between 40,000 and 60,000 miles, but in some cases they can last less than this lower mileage.
Bringing your vehicle in for a check can be the solution to ensuring your timing belt is in correct working order and to find out if there is any damage and to diagnose repairs. If you require a check, book in for at your nearest Evans Halshshaw for a timing belt check.
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