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When To ChangeTiming Belt

  

When To Change Your Car Timing Belt

Though many car owners and drivers are unaware regarding what the timing belt does, it is essential to the efficient operation of your engine. If  the timing belt breaks or slips from its place, your engine will stop working. It can even sustain heavy damage, bend valves, break rockers,  break your cam shaft and even damage your car engine pistons.The timing belt failure can cost you more money if you replace it in time.

Getting a timing belt replacement service done on your car as soon as possible is very important and you must take it seriously. You need not worry too much because there are certain very noticeable symptoms that will tell you that you need to get this kind of service done for your car. One of the best ways for you to determine that your car needs a timing belt replacement is by opening up your hood so that you can take a look at that part of your car’s engine closely may you can see cricked on the side of each teeth timing belt.

The following symptoms you going to learn are different types of symptoms that you need to look out for so that you’ll know whether or not you already need a timing belt change.

Excessive Exhaust Emission

Problems with a car’s timing belt will cause its engine to function improperly by loosing power, and will lead to excessive emission of smoke from the exhaust. This happens when the timing belt is no longer in sync with the closing of the exhaust valve. This can cause unused gases to be released at the car’s exhaust.

Difficult Starting Of The Vehicle

If you experience problems starting your car, your timing belt may not be functioning well. This problem can be caused by other reasons but if you experience this on a regular basis, then you need to get your timing belt checked.

Overheating And Leaking Engine

Very high temperatures in the engine or hot weather conditions can cause damage to the timing belts because they’re only made out of rubber. When damage happens to them, the engine can’t work in sync and overheating can happen which can be followed by leakage.

Sudden Changes In Engine Noise

If you notice unusual engine noise while you’re driving your car, this can be a probable symptom that you have timing belt problems and you need to get a replacement.

How A Replacement Is Done And The Cost To Do It

Below are the steps done when a belt replacement is done. Take note that this process is something that’s not good to do on your own. Getting professionals to do this for you is highly advisable. If you are worry about the cost of timing belt replacement can range between $250 and $750. These prices vary considerably on the make and model of your car as well as the labor price of the mechanic. To inhibit sticker shock, it’s most important to discuss cost during first consultation with your mechanic. A qualified, skilled, experienced, and highly regarded mechanic can provide you with quote and time frame depending on the make of your car.

The timing belt replacement is different from car to car and depend of cars make. I am going to give you example of timing belt replacement because I don’t know what make of cars are you driving.

1. Allow the car to cool down to normal temperature. Disconnect your battery.
2. Detach all of the parts that are going to prevent you from removing the old timing belt.
3. Get a spanner and place the mark on the crankshaft to the zero timing scale mark on your car’s engine block or remove the spark plug from the cylinder number one.Turn the engine full turn twice, place screw driver on the spark plug fitting tel you feel the piston number one is up. You should also see the mark on the camshaft poly is placed at 12 o’clock. If you don’t see any mark, remove the camshaft tapet cover. On the come shaft you need to rock number four cylinder and number one should be firing.
4. Loose the bolts that is holding the tension bearing . Look at the seals of the crankshaft and camshaft, tension bearings. If any of these parts are damaged, replace them so that the new timing belt won’t fail within a short span of time.
5. Remove the old timing belt and install the new one. Adjust and tension the timing belt according to the specifications provided by the manufacturer. Fit a new tapet cover gasket  and recheck the timing marks or turn the engine from the crankshat poly with spanner if the engine come to certain point and is not turning that mean your timing is not alright. You need to start the operation from scratch. Do not turn the engine turning the ignition key.
6. Place back all of the parts that you detached earlier including your car’s battery.
7. Start your engine and observe if the problems that your encountered before the replacement was done are still present.

If your car already needs a Timing belt replacement in Georgetown Germiston go directly to the Fouzis Service Centre shop. They provide top quality auto repair services for reasonable prices.

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Engine repair for your vehicle is news no one likes to hear. It can only mean 1 result, money spent on your car just to keep it running. Replacing the engine is usually the most expensive mechanical repair that is performed on a vehicle. People have to replace used engines for several different reasons. Most of the time failure is due to lack of maintenance. Issues that happen from not keeping your car are many. Dirty oil is always a problem for engines. When the oil is not changed on a regular basis sludge builds up. Most people do not realize engines have very small oil journals that need to stay clear so all areas of the engine stay lubricated. You can have just 1 of these areas get enough build up to restrict flow to a small area of the engine and the will in turn cause total failure of the engine.

The timing belt is a very inexpensive item that is over looked so much in today’s cars. Not because of the cost of the part but the repair itself is the issue. Your owner’s manual will have a recommended time when the timing belt needs replacing. To replace a timing belt means the front of the engine including all the belt driven accessories must be removed to replace the belt. The bigger problem is if the belt is not replaced when it should be. The timing belt is under a tremendous load and when it breaks, the engine becomes non-repairable. Most engines today are interference engine by design. That means if the timing is off, the valves will hit the pistons and major damage occurs. The timing belt goes around the crankshaft and up to the cam shaft. This is how the valves open to let fuel in and close for combustion, the exhaust valves open to let out the spent fuel. When the valves open they push down into the cylinder where the piston is moving up and down. The piston is on the down stroke when the intake valve opens and comes back to the top as the valve closes and the gas explodes. That pushed the piston back down and the exhaust valve opens to let the exhaust out. When the timing belt breaks the bottom of the engine keeps turning but the cam stops. Half of the valves will be in the down position or open. The pistons hit the valves and extreme damage occurs. I wanted to see what a damaged engine looked like so the people at ASAP Motors dismantled an engine that had been damaged and allowed me to see the cylinders. If I learned one thing, replace the timing belt when the time comes.

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