Timing belt failure symptoms-What should you look for?
Actually, I don’t have an answer for that. I don’t know any signs that would be 100% correct.
Because you can not see it you would only be guessing. The only way is to do a visual inspection.
Always check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Timing belts used to be a relatively ignored maintenance item by many drivers.
As the repair bills added up and the word spread, We are getting better.
What happens if the timing belt snaps?
When talking about timing belts it’s important to know about interference engines.
An interference engine is one where the pistons and valves share space in the cylinder but not at the same time (the vast majority of engines on the road today are interference engines).
The benefit of this type of engine is efficiency, however if the belt or chain breaks in an interference engine the valves and pistons will collide.
The pistons generally hit the valves which will bend or snap them or else the valves will punch a hole in the top of the pistons.
The repair bill could easily run into the thousands. If the belt breaks in a non-interference engine they won’t collide as they do not ever share the same space.
Replacing your vehicle’s Timing Belt or Cam Belt as it’s also known, can sometimes be a costly exercise depending on what type of vehicle you have.
The labour costs of removing the existing belt and installing a new one, add to the cost, and sometimes other mechanical parts that are starting to fatigue are spotted and recommended to be replaced at the same
When all of these costs add up your bank balance can take a bit of a battering.
Generally a Timing Belt replacement when installed by a mechanic on average can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours with the total cost somewhere in between $250 and $850.
A general rule of thumb is somewhere in the range of every 80000kms to 100000kms, but each manufacturer may differ slightly.
Other causes of Timing Belt failure-Timing belt failure symptoms
- Foreign Body in Drive
- Belt crimped due to improper handling
- Seizure of driven component
- Worn Pulleys
- High and Low Temperature
- Oil Leaks
- Belt Misalignment
Some Timing Belt Kits also include parts such as Hydraulic Tensioners and Water Pumps.
So while replacing your Timing Belt does sound a little daunting, it definitely is a proactive way of saving yourself dollars in the future.