Timing Belt replacement service.

What is a Timing Belt? The timing belt is a rubber belt located in the engine compartment behind the drive belts. It's job is to keep the crankshaft in sync with the camshaft(s), ensuring the proper timing and operations of the engines valves and therein, the engine.

Keep in mind when replacing a timing belt, also replace the water pump, tensioner, and pulleys. If the pulleys and tensioners should fail after only replacing the belt, it can cause valve or piston damage and lead to more expensive repairs, in order to have the engine run properly. It is therefore essential to replace the whole set. We only replace the water pump if it is driven by the timing belt (true for 60% of the cars).

Our recommendation would be to follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer and replace the timing belt as recommended.  While replacing the timing belt, it is cost effective to replace the water pump, timing belt pulleys and tensioners at the same time. The tensioner applies pressure to the timing belt keeping it tight while the pulleys keep the timing belt in lint. These components are sealed units that contain bearings and they cannot be lubricated on a regular basis. The bearings wear out over time and may seize, causing the timing belt to come off which can cause major internal engine damage.



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