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When Should The Timing Belt Be Changed?

 

How do you know if your timing belt needs replacing? How much does it cost? Where and when to replace the distribution of your vehicle with a new kit? We take stock.

Just like the clutch, the spark plugs, or the various filters (air, oil, etc.), the timing belt is one of the parts subject to some wear over time. Completely normal wear but the importance of which varies greatly depending on the mileage traveled as well as your driving style. In all cases, you will have to replace your timing kit in order to ensure the proper functioning of your engine and to preserve its lifespan. Good to know: Engines with a timing chain are known to be more durable since a chain in theory never needs to be replaced. Be careful, you are never safe from a chain breakage (as it could happen on a motorcycle or even a bicycle!), So never neglect the maintenance and care given to your engine.

What is the Timing Belt Used For?

In the form of a large rubber "elastic", the role of the timing belt is to synchronize the movement of the various elements that make up your engines such as the crankshaft, the water/injection pumps (depending on the type of fuel ), or even camshafts. This is done through the rollers, pulleys, and tensioners (which also make up the complete timing kit). Thanks to its interior surface notched or crossed with grooves along its entire length, the timing belt keeps all the elements concerned "in the rails" in order to ensure that they do not come into contact or do not come into contact with them. collide. It is therefore essential to ensure its integrity in order to avoid any risk of damaging your engine… or worse: engine failure, pure and simple.

Timing Belt: When Should It be Changed?

You will understand, there will come a time when you will inevitably have to change the belt. distribution, due to its natural wear, generally given around 100,000 km. As the recommended lifespan may vary depending on the manufacturer and model, refer to your owner's manual to ensure the recommended replacement intervals. Beyond these replacement intervals, a timing belt can also show signs of abnormal wear and/or weakness, whether sudden or gradual. Some symptoms such as looseness felt when the engine is running, but also a distinctive shrill squealing sound, which becomes more and more present as you go up in the revs. Finally, we also recommend that you replace the belt following a part replacement operation involving its removal since she could relax during these interventions. In the event of leaks under the hood (oil, gasoline, diesel, coolant) likely to come into contact with the belt, the same thing: do not take any risk and replace it. Go, have a good trip!




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