A timing belt is a core to the running of your car’s engine. It runs the engine camshaft (or camshafts in case of a dual-cam engine) by precisely opening and closing up time valve with the up and down movement of the pistons. Replacement of a timing belt is considered a major service due to the high cost of replacement.
Many fleet maintenance service providers advise car and truck owners to replace the timing belts when they are 60,000 to 106,000miles. However, some belts last longer. The manufacturer usually gives the exact recommendation. You can also check when you need to change the timing belt in the scheduled maintenances service.
What Causes Premature Timing Belt Malfunctions And Breakages?
Timing belt breakage can happen before the recommended change time due to the following reasons:
• Having Faulty Tensioners and Idlers
• Having a Leaking Water Pump
• Faulty Tension As A Result Of Engine Oil Soakage
You can check if your timing belt needs replacement by removing the plastic covers wrapping the belt. If it’s in good condition, you can keep it. However, if there is any damage or breakage; replacing it would be prudent.
What Happens If A Timing Belt Malfunction?
You don’t want to have a timing belt break on you. For starters, the engine won’t start since there is no connection between the camshaft and the crankshaft. As a result, there will be no movement. Secondly, damage to the belt could lead to the destructions of the valves and pistons which are very expensive to replace.
Beware of replacing your belt with a used timing belt. It’s expensive in the long run since it’s already stretched. Getting a new belt would be the best idea. If you are looking for a fleet maintenance company in Auckland, they are easily available and will do the maintenance for your fleet at a fee.