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Some Indicators of Timing Belt Failure I


Obviously, without a fully functioning timing belt, you […]

Obviously, without a fully functioning timing belt, your vehicle would not run. The timing belt is an internal engine component that rotates the engine’s cam and crankshaft in sync and ensure each cylinder fires at the appropriate time. The timing belt is located under a timing cover and is in the front of the engine. It's commonly manufactured out of high-quality rubber with nylon reinforced cords inside to extend the life of the belt. However, it is subject to incredible forces inside your motor and will need to be replaced eventually.

The timing belt is commonly found in foreign cars and SUV's with smaller cubic inch displacement engines. When an engine has a larger bore and stroke, most automotive manufacturers utilize a timing chain system to replace the rubber belt with a metal chain. Most automotive manufacturers have a predetermined recommendation on when you should replace the timing belt, but there are a few warning indicators that a problem exists.

Listed below are a few of the common symptoms that might indicate that your timing belt is wearing out or has broken, which will require a mechanic to replace the timing belt and inspect other internal engine components for damage.

1. Ticking noise coming from the engine: The timing belt is attached by way of a series of pulleys to the engine’s crank and cam shaft. The crankshaft powers the engine’s connecting rods which are attached to pistons inside the combustion chamber. The camshaft operates the cylinder head valves and rocker arm assembly, which sends fuel into the combustion chamber and expels burnt gases out of the exhaust chamber. When the timing belt is starting to wear out, it may create a ticking sound inside the motor. This warning sign may also be an indication of low oil pressure or the engine not having the proper amount of lubrication.

Since the timing belt is so critical to the operation of your vehicle, if you notice this warning sign, you should contact a Timing Belt Company as soon as possible.