What is a Timing Belt?

Timing Belt

 

If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a timing belt,” or “What does a timing belt do,”— Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont can help. Timing belts play an essential role in how internal combustion engines work and are sometimes called cambelts. Timing belts coordinate crankshaft and camshaft rotation. When both are in sync, the pistons and valves can operate correctly. Valves regulate your air and fuel mixture intake and exhaust and push the pistons down as gas ignites in the combustion chamber. A working cambelt is essential whether you drive a new Chevy Tahoe or classic Chevy truck.

How Much is a Timing Belt? 

If your timing belt breaks, the valve timing will be off, and they’ll hit the pistons, which leads to expensive repairs — up to $2,000 or more if the water pump, valves, and pistons are damaged. If no damage has occurred to those components, Omaha drivers might only have to pay around $500 to $1,000 for parts and labor. Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles to prevent the timing belt from breaking. 

What’s the Difference Between Timing Belts and Timing Chains? 

Timing belts and timing chains do the same things. One of the main differences is that timing chains are constructed of metal, and timing belts are made of reinforced rubber. Timing belts are also quieter than chains and are outside of the engine. Timing chains are inside the engine and require engine oil for lubrication.

Signs That Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Regardless of if your car has a rubber belt or a timing chain, it’s obvious when there’s a problem. If you notice any of the following warning signs below, schedule auto repair at Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont near Columbus: 

  • You see oil leaks from the front of the engine 
  • Your engine won’t turn over 
  • You hear a ticking noise coming from the engine area 
  • Between 2000 – 4000 RPM, your engine acts up
  • The engine is misfiring 
  • You see more smoke and fumes than normal 

Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont is Ready To Help With All Your Service Needs

Now that you know the answers to the questions, “What is a timing belt,” and, “What does a timing belt do?” If you need service, contact us at Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont. We are conveniently located near Blair. You can also order parts online from our parts center. Reach out to us today!

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