What is a Timing Belt?

Timing Belt

Timing belts—also known as cambelts or timing chains in some cases—ensure that the most important functions of your engine all take place at exactly the right time! More specifically, your timing belt synchronizes the movements of your camshaft and your crankshaft rotation, which ensures that the valves and pistons operate as they should

When all goes well, your engine will function as intended and move you forward. When something goes wrong with your timing belt, your engine may have issues receiving and igniting the air/fuel mixture required for combustion. Even more serious issues may develop as a result.

How Much is a Timing Belt? 

A timing belt is an essential component, but no Racine-area driver or fleet manager wants to spend more on service and parts than they have to. The component itself is not too expensive, but the task of removing one timing belt and threading another through the engine is both challenging and time consuming. If you replace your timing belt on schedule, before damage occurs, you can expect timing belt replacement service to cost between $300 and $500

Most manufacturers recommend that owners replace the timing belts in their vehicles roughly once every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, you should always check your owner’s manual for details on when to take your vehicle for maintenance in Waterford.

If your timing belt breaks and causes damage to your valves, water pump, and pistons, the combined cost of timing belt replacement and engine repair could come in at well over $2,000.

Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Even if you understand when a timing belt is supposed to be replaced, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the signs that there’s an issue under the hood. If your timing belt has expired early or is, for whatever reason, past due for replacement, your vehicle will start to experience the following symptoms:

  • Engine won’t turn over
  • Engine makes a ticking noise
  • Engine behaves strangely between 2000 and 4000 RPM
  • Engine misfires or knocks as you drive
  • Your vehicle emits more smoke and fumes than normal
  • Oil leaks from the front end of the motor

Timing Belts vs. Timing Chains: What’s the Difference? 

Timing chains and timing belts perform the same basic function: harmonizing the various moving parts of your engine. However, timing chains are made of metal, whereas timing belts are made from reinforced rubber. 

Timing chains had once fallen out of favor because they tended to increase engine noise and vibration. Today, timing chains are making a comeback because of improvements in design. Generally speaking, you’ll still only find timing chains in engines with larger bores and strokes.

Complete Your Timing Belt Replacement at Lynch Truck Center

If you’re in need of a new timing belt, all you have to do is let us know! We offer a wide range of parts and service specials that you can explore at home in Northern Chicago or Milwaukee, and since we have experience with a vast range of heavy-duty trucks and commercial vehicles, you can trust us to work on any make or model. Schedule service online today!


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