The Timing belt is a critical component of your vehicle engine and is one of the most overlooked components when your vehicle is serviced. AGA automotive services include fitting timing belts and timing belt kits. Once apart we also inspect the general condition of other components in the camshaft drive, such as the tensioner, pulleys, and other ancillary components driven by the timing belt, typically the water pump, sound enough to ensure that the life of the replacement will not be affected
When should I replace the timing belt?
Timing belts should be replaced according to manufactures log book. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle the timing belt intervals can (range from) be from 60,000 to 120,000km. Where possible itâ€™s always a good idea to check your log book for timing belt replacement intervals.
What happens if I don't replace the timing belt ?
If the timing belt does fail, have you considered the consequences? If your vehicle has an engine that is an interference type then considerable damage may well be a result. Interference is when the timing belt breaks as the pistons are still moving and the valves have stopped. The pistons collided into the valves and bend the valves. The end result will be the cylinder head to be removed and fully serviced as well the bent valves will need to be replaced.
The cost of replacing a belt as part of a routine service could be as little as 5 to 10% of the repair cost failing a timing belt failure. If in doubt about the timing belt condition renew it!
Information about timing belts- what is it and what does it do
The timing belt (or chain in some cases) connects the crankshaft to the camshaft(s), which in turn controls the opening and closing of the engine's valves. A four stroke engine requires that the valves open and close once every other revolution of the crankshaft. The timing belt does this. It has teeth to turn the camshaft(s) synchronised with the crankshaft, and is specifically designed for a particular engine. In some engine designs the timing belt may also be used to drive other engine components such as the water pump and oil pump.
Timing belts should be replaced according to manufactures log book. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle the timing belt intervals can (range from) be from 60,000 to 120,000km. where possible.
It's always a good idea to check your log book for timing belt replacement intervals.