Stockton Auto Repair

What Are The Signs Of An Aging Timing Belt?

What Is A Timing Belt?

A timing belt is a rubber-and-plastic belt that keeps your engine running. It connects the crankshaft to the camshaft and keeps them in sync, so that your engine's valves open and close together in time. The timing belt also drives the water pump and air conditioner compressor.

What Are The Signs Of An Aging Timing Belt?

If your car has over 100,000 miles, on it, you may want to consider replacing your timing belt. If you hear a squealing noise coming from under the hood of your car, this is a sign that your timing belt needs to be replaced. You should also check for cracks in the timing belt itself, which will make it unsafe to use.
You may need to replace your timing belt if you notice any of the following warning signs:

  • A squealing sound when you start your car
  • A loud thumping noise when you start up your car
  • Vibrations in the steering wheel when you accelerate or decelerate
  • Vibrations in other parts of your car's body, such as its doors or windows

Also, your vehicle may not start at all because there is not enough tension on the camshaft sprocket (which is part of the timing chain). This can cause serious damage if you try to start the engine without replacing this part first because oil will leak out onto other parts of your engine as well as your exhaust system!

What Happens If Your Timing Belt Goes Bad?

Well, if you have an interference engine, it means that your pistons can come into contact with the valves while they are moving, which will result in serious damage to your engine. In fact, it might even mean that you have to replace your entire engine! It is important to know what signs to look for if you think that your timing belt might be getting old.
If your vehicle gives any warning signs that something might be wrong with its timing belt, get it checked out immediately. If there are issues with your timing belt, and they are not addressed right away, there could be serious consequences!

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