Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Timing Belt

February 14th, 2023 by
symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt

Determine if your car is showing symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt at Beck & Masten Buick GMC South.

A worn timing belt can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as low engine performance, unusual noises coming from under the hood, and engine misfires. In many situations, if the timing belt fails, the worst-case scenario is that engine will not run at all, and the car can not be restarted without replacing the timing belt. On other vehicles, a timing belt failure can result in permanent damage. We should note that some vehicles have a timing chain rather than a timing belt, but they do the same job. Other signs of a worn Timing Belt (or bad timing chain) might include ticking or clanking noises coming from the front of the engine, the Check Engine light coming on, and new engine vibrations. While, perhaps, not as well-known as other components like the brakes, shocks, or transmission, the timing belt is an important part that needs attention.

How Does a Timing Belt Work?

What Does a Timing Belt Do?

The timing belt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are synchronized with the engine. The synchronization of the crankshaft and camshaft is critical for the engine’s valves to operate in the correct sequence, and thus, allowing the engine to run correctly. Timing belts are usually constructed using rubber and are subject to wear and tear over time. Some engines are equipped with timing chains, they have the same function but are constructed of metal instead of rubber. Timing chains can have a longer lifespan but also need to be replaced over time.

What Is The Estimated Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt?

What Is The Timing Belt Replacement Cost?

The price of replacing a timing can vary depending on several factors, like the age of the vehicle, the make and model, and the replacement costs. For example, a timing belt replacement on an older car with a more simple engine design will likely have a lower price than a newer car with a complex engine design. Additionally, some cars may require additional parts to be replaced, such as the tensioners, water pump, and idler pulleys, which would clearly increase the price of the service.

How Often Should a Timing Belt Be Replaced?

How Long Does a Timing Belt Last?

A timing belt should be replaced at the intervals recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This period can range from every 60,000 to 100,000 miles or every 5-7 years, depending on the make and model and usage of the vehicle. Some drivers may feel obligated to replace the timing belt sooner, based on how the car is driven (such as extreme hot or cold weather, high-mileage use, or frequent short trips). Generally, it is cheaper to replace the timing belt before it fails to avoid costly engine damage.

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Beck & Masten Buick GMC South is one of the best places to get Houston auto repair and service. Visit us in person or online if your vehicle shows any of the symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt. No matter the make or model of your vehicle, our helpful staff is ready to serve you.

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