While most people are wary about their oil changes, they don’t care much for their vehicle’s timing belt or chain. But did you know just as important of a role for your engine? The timing belt is a part of the motor that rotates the camshaft and crankshaft so that they can move in sync. This ensures every cylinder fires at the right time without incurring any damage.
The rubbery timing belt typically sits under a timing cover near the front of the engine. Since timing belts are made to last up anywhere between 60,000 to 100,000 miles or more, most drivers neglect to check on them early on. However, frequent inspections of your vehicle’s belts are essential to plan out the replacement service. When timing belts wear down, they are more inclined to break. A broken timing belt can cause extensive engine damage if you’re not careful.
In this blog, we will go over several common symptoms that may indicate your timing belt needs repair.
- Signs of wear on the belt itself - Once the belt starts to fray, crack, and split, it is time to have it swapped out.
- Missing teeth - Missing chains or teeth on the chain or belt can cause the camshaft and crankshaft to move out of sync. Therefore, you should have a new piece installed.
- Lack of engine power - If stepping on the accelerator doesn’t do anything but put out intermittent or low power, your timing belt may be the culprit.
- The engine makes odd noises - A faulty timing belt often creates a ticking engine noise. You should have your belt inspected ASAP.
- Mileage - Most manufacturers have a recommended mile interval in which you should change your timing belt. Sometimes, it’s best to trust your automaker as they know best for your car’s specific model.
Make sure to take your time and treat the timing belt with extra care. If you want to avoid major issues and costly repairs down the line, please bring your car, SUV, or truck to Bimmer Rescue for timing belt inspections. Feel free to give our shop a call today.
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