Bad Timing Belt Signs

bad timing belt signs

The experts at Subaru of Clear Lake will happily let you know the signs of a bad timing belt.

A failing timing belt may show a myriad of symptoms, such as noises coming from the front of the vehicle, engine misfires, and decreased engine performance. In many situations, if the timing belt breaks, the engine will no longer run, and the engine will not restart without replacing the timing belt. On other cars, a broken timing belt can result in serious damage to the engine. It should be noted that some vehicles have a timing chain instead of a timing belt, but they work in the same manner. Other signs of a malfunctioning Timing Belt (or bad timing chain) may include ticking or clanking noises coming from the front of the engine, the Check Engine light coming on, and excessive engine vibrations. While not as well-known as other car parts like the brakes, shocks (and struts), or transmission, the timing belt (or timing chain) is an important part that needs attention.

What is a Timing Belt?

What's the Function of a Timing Belt?

The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the movement of the engine's crankshaft and camshaft. This synchronization is essential for the engine's valves to operate in the correct sequence, letting the engine run properly. Timing belts are likely to break down over time because they are typically made of rubber. Some engines are equipped with timing chains, they have the same function but are constructed of metal instead of rubber. Timing chains can last longer but also need to be replaced due to age.

What Mileage Should a Timing Belt Be Replaced?

Is There a Specific Mileage When The Timing Belt Should Be Replaced?

The timing belt should be according to the recommendations from the vehicle manufacturer. This period can range from every 5-7 years or 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the make and model and usage of the vehicle. You may want to replace the timing belt sooner due to how the vehicle is driven (such as frequent short trips, extreme hot or cold weather, or high-mileage use). Overall, it is cheaper to replace the timing belt early to avoid major engine damage.

What Is The Typical Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

What Is The Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

The cost of timing belt replacement can change depending on several factors, like the make and model, the cost of the replacement parts, and the age of the vehicle. For instance, a timing belt replacement on an old car with a simple engine design should have a lower cost than a new sports car with a more sophisticated engine design. Additionally, some manufacturers may require additional parts to be replaced while replacing the timing belt, such as the water pump, idler pulleys, and tensioners, which can obviously increase the price of the service.

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