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Car Maintenance of the Timing Belt


Whenever I drive my car, apart from observing the meter […]

Whenever I drive my car, apart from observing the meters on the dashboard, I will also try to hear if there is any weird sound coming from the bonnet. Chances are that I will hear the sound of the timing belt flapping against the plastic casing. If this happens to you, then you will have to open the bonnet and check the source of the sound. If this is the case, then the belt needs tightening at the workshop. But what I dreaded most is when the car stalled when the belt breaks. So far this has happened to me just once and it was a very costly break.

The crankshaft is connected to the camshaft by way of the timing belt. With the belt in place, the crankshaft can then drive the camshaft which will allow the opening and closing of the valves. If the belt breaks, the valves will open at different times and then be struck by the pistons. Often the pistons will crack or break.

Timing belt replacement can be accomplished in your garage or driveway while it is not very easy to perform. Replacing the timing belt is more difficult than changing a fan belt and integrates much more work. When substituting the timing belt, it is best to change the water pump as well since it is imperative to be removed in the process. Learn about the appropriate ways in replacing vehicle timing belt by performing these steps.

1. Detach the car battery and take the distributor cap. If your vehicle doesn't have a distributor, make sure that the cam position sensor is TDC or Top Dead Center.

2. Turn the engine to ensure that the timing mark placed on the crankshaft pulley is situated in "O" mark from the timing scale. Not until you've aligned the index mark on the distributor housing with the distributor rotor should you turn the engine .

3. Take the screws, bolts, other parts and belts that impede the belt replacement. Keep in mind that each belt is different and has diverse parts.

4. Release the tensioner of the belt as well as the mounting bolts, but don't just remove them. Get the tensioner away from the belt, then stiffen and tighten the mounting bolts to carry the tensioner in its right place.

5. Glide the timing belt off and take it away from the engine. It should effortlessly slide off after the tensioner is slackened off.

6. Replace it with a brand new one and just reverse these steps.

Ranging between $250 and $750 is the cost of replacement. These prices vary considerably on the make and model of your car as well as the labor price of the mechanic. You should ask for a definite labor cost. Request for written estimate of timing belt replacement cost and make sure that the estimate is just right for your needs. It can provide you with quote and time frame depending on the make of your car with a skilled, experienced, and highly regarded mechanic.

In any form of auto repair, the labor or mechanic decides the cost of the repair. Changing a timing belt can lasts for two hours up to six hours. The time frame hugely depends on the skills and expertise of the mechanic, the model of your car, and any other problems. In areas where the cost of living is quite low, the labor price can be as low as $40 per hour. On the opposite, high-end dealerships in urban areas take a cost from $110 to $150 per hour.

The Replacement cost may also include fees for additional maintenance work performed when doing the job. Read the owner's manual of your car to find out if your vehicle requires additional car part replacement when changing the Timing Belt Company.