15th December 2015
Time to check the Timing Belt
- Author: Graham Parish
- Published: 27th April 2015
When was your car Timing Belt last replaced?
Timing belts or Cam Belts are a vital part of your car’s engine and if not regularly renewed they can fail. Failure results in the inconvenience of a roadside breakdown, a large repair bill and some considerable time off the road whilst repairs are being carried out.
What is a Timing Belt?
The timing belt is a reinforced rubber drive belt that controls when the inlet and exhaust valves open in relation to the position of the pistons. It has to be precisely calibrated to ensure that the engine runs smoothly and efficiently.
When should it be changed?
Vehicle manufacturers specify the replacement intervals of a timing belt in miles driven or a time period. Older cars can have their drive belts replaced at as little as 36,000 miles or 3 years, but most later models now last for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles.
If you are in any doubt about the replacement intervals check in your car handbook, or call your local garage to find out.
Timing belts run on jockey wheels or tensioners and it is sometimes necessary to replace these parts at the same time as the timing belt; failure of these parts is just as catastrophic as the failure of a cam belt.
Better safe than sorry!
Changing your timing belt is a lot cheaper than repairing a broken one! If you are not sure when it was last replaced it may pay to have it done anyway just for your peace of mind. Just because your car has been serviced it doesn’t mean the timing belt has been replaced. Always ask the garage to check if it is due for replacement.
If you are in any doubt about your timing belt please feel free to call us on 02392 596038 or pop in to Hilltop Garage and ask, we are always happy to help and provide advice.
Hilltop Garage Horndean
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