Signs Your Timing Belt Needs to Be Replaced
When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, you always want to have an eye and an ear out for symptoms of potential problems. One part you have to pay special attention to is the engine and its many working parts including the timing belt.
In this guide, the service team at Elite Acura will give you a detailed rundown of what the timing belt is, common signs that it needs replaced, and how you can get it replaced. Drivers in Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill should read ahead to learn more!
The Job & Importance of a Timing Belt
Many drivers have probably never heard of a timing belt. However, this part of your vehicle plays a very important role in the functionality of your engine. This belt connects the crankshaft and the camshaft inside your engine to ensure that they spin at the same time. The timing belt works similarly to the way the chain on a bike works.
With a working timing belt, your engine can’t function properly because the timing belt also helps to regulate the valves and pistons in your engine. Without correct timing for all of these parts, the engine does work and cannot power your vehicle.
Telltale Signs that It’s Time for Replacement
Though you may never have contact with you timing belt, it’s pretty obvious when it’s time for this part to be replaced. Some of the telltale signs of timing belt problems include:
- Ticking coming from under the hood when the engine is running
- The engine not being able to start
- The engine misfiring while you’re driving
- Oil leaking from the frontside of where the motor is under the hood
- Losing grip on the road when you’re driving
- Hydroplaning when you’re driving in wet weather conditions
These symptoms can be caused by a variety of problems that can happen with the timing belt. The timing belt can crack, be worn down like your tires, be subjected to dry rot, become elongated, and also become misaligned. Most of these problems will warrant a replacement making it very important to be able to spot problems with your timing belt.
The Timing Belt Replacement Process
Typically, a timing belt should last between six and eight years if you drive under ordinary driving conditions. Though the process can take between three and six hours to do from start to finish, you’ll only have to replace this part a handful of times.
When you get your timing belt replaced, you’ll also get a few other parts that work with the belt replaced including the water pump, belt tensioner, and the pulleys. Once all of the parts are replaced, the technician will turn the engine on and look to see that the timing for all of these parts is correct.
Still Have Questions about Your Timing Belt?
Drivers in Maple Shade, Mooretown, and Cherry Hill who still have questions about timing belts should give us a call or schedule their service appointment today!