Timing Belts/ Cam Belts

by Andrew Automoto7. September 2012 16:26

One of the most costly but important aspects to your vehicles engine is your timing belt Also known as your Cam Belt. While people see "Costly" and run in the other direction, knowing more about your timing belt and why it's so important to have it replaced when the vehicle manufacturers recommend, could be the difference between paying hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Most manufacturers recommend the Timing Belt be replaced every 60,000km or 120,000km depending on the make and model of your vehicle. It is recommended you check your owners manual or speak to your local dealership to find out exactly when the timing belt needs replacing if you are unsure. 

So what is a timing belt, and why is it so important?

A timing belt is typically a belt of rubber, made of a high-tension, temperature resistant fibers, running the length of the belt. The timing belt is one of the most important aspects of making your engine run.

The Timing Belt is the belt that controls the camshaft in your engine and keeps them running at the right time, which in turn keeps the engine running smoothly. The Camshaft is a the shaft that opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves in your engine, letting air in and out. If the timing belt cracks or breaks it will cause your engine to suddenly stop. This will mean that your vehicle will stop running and you will not be able to get it started again. 

There are many different brands and types of Timing belts to choose. All Major car manufacturers will also manufacture there own brand of timing belts, however there are also the brand - Gates timing belts, and many other independent auto accessory manufacturers that make timing belts. 

Just remember that choosing the correct timing belt for your vehicle is just as important as making sure you use the right kind of petrol. If you are unsure of the model of timing belt that is suitable for your vehicle, contact your nearest authorised service centre to make an appointment.

To find your nearest authorised Mechanic or Dealership visit www.carservice.com.au


If you would like to learn more about how to change your timing belt visit - How to change your Timing Belt/Cam Belt

If you would like to learn more about water pumps visit - How to change your water pump.


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