The timing belt in your vehicle plays a crucial role in the operation of the motor engine. It synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft, which permits the engine's valves and pistons to work in sync. Over time, however, the timing belt can become worn and may eventually fail. Here are some indications that suggest you have a failing timing belt.
- Engine Misfires: A worn or damaged timing belt can cause engine misfires. The timing belt keeps the engine's valves and pistons in sync, so if it becomes worn or damaged, the engine's timing can become disrupted.
- Engine Won't Start: If the timing belt fails completely, the engine won't start. Since the timing belt is responsible for keeping the engine's valves and pistons in sync, a failing one can cause the motor to lose proper timing and ensue starting problems.
- Ticking or Clicking Noise: A worn timing belt can cause a ticking or clicking noise in the engine. This noise is caused by the belt slipping or becoming loose and hitting other engine components.
- Oil Leaks: The timing belt is located behind the engine's timing cover, which is sealed by a gasket. Over time, the gasket can wear or become damaged, causing oil leaks. If you notice oil leaks near the timing cover, it could be a sign that the timing belt needs to be changed.
- Reduced Engine Power: A faulty timing belt can also cause a reduction in engine power as the engine's valves and pistons are not working in sync.
Timing belt replacement is a routine maintenance procedure that should be performed according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. Most cars, SUVs, and trucks today require a timing belt replacement between every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Failing to change the timing belt can result in serious engine damage, so it is best to stay in the loop regarding the belt's condition.
We welcome you to bring your vehicle to Turner Auto Care for proper timing belt inspections and replacement today! Our technicians are known for being honest and only recommending services when they are necessary. We will work efficiently to have your car back on the road again soon.