What is a Timing Belt and do I need to get it replaced?
If a mechanic told you that your car’s timing belt needed to be replaced and it was going to cost more than $1,000, you might think he is about to rip you off!
But unlike the shady mechanic who attempts to change your engine air filter every oil change, replacing the timing belt is absolutely crucial.
The timing belt is a crucial part of your engine and, if it fails, so does your engine, causing your car to break down.
How the timing belt works
The rubber timing belt is part of most internal combustion engines and is responsible for synchronizing the engine’s functions. It controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft and the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves to allow air and gas in and out, which causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. During this explosion, the valves push the pistons down.
In order for the process to take place, the valves have to open and close at the right time. The valves have to be in the correct position as well as the pistons. The valves open at different times for each cylinder.
When to change a timing belt
Some mechanics may tell you to replace the timing belt every 100,000 km. While this may have been the case 20 years ago, nowadays you need to do your homework as every make, model and engine has different requirements.
In modern engines manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt from between every 40,000 – 150,000 kilometres, depending on the engine.
Timing belt replacement cost
Replacing a timing belt for preventive reasons typically costs significantly less. However, replacing a broken timing belt may cost you a Thousand dollars or more if it caused damage to the valves, pistons or water pump.
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