Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

The timing belt is a component of your car's engine that keeps the crankshaft and camshaft rotating in rhythm and ensures that each cylinder fires when it should. It is made of nylon-reinforced cables that are wrapped in high-quality rubber to increase its durability, though you will still need to replace your timing belt about every 90,000 miles. However, the timing belt is subjected to significant stresses within the engine, which cause it to wear out with time.

Here are a few signs that the timing belt needs replacement.

Ticking sound

Timing belt operation is made possible by several pulleys holding the belt firmly in place. A ticking sound from the engine may be heard if the timing belt begins to wear out. A ticking sound could also be a sign of low oil pressure or inadequate lubrication, but you should still have this checked out by a professional right away.

Engine misfire

A worn timing belt will hinder the ability of the engine to ignite. Occasionally, the belt may slide on the camshaft drive, causing one of the cylinders to open or shut prematurely. This may potentially result in misfiring and further engine damage.

Car won't start

If the timing belt is destroyed, your car's engine won't even start. Most likely, after turning the key, nothing will happen. The starting motor may turn on, but the engine won't turn over because the belt is damaged.

Exhaust smoke

If you see smoke rising from the exhaust, it signifies that the engine isn't burning fuel adequately. The smoke might be due to a stretched or worn timing belt, causing the valves not open and close as they should. It must be fixed immediately, whether it requires a timing correction or a complete replacement.

Excess vibrations

If the engine's timing belt is improperly fitted or worn out, you may experience excessive shaking or vibration. Worn spark plugs could also cause this, but it can also be a sign of a timing belt failure.

Oil leaks

Oil leaking from the front of the engine could be coming from the timing belt cover or the gasket that seals the timing cover to the engine block. Oil leaks might be a sign of a worn belt, or the leak could cause the engine to overheat and accelerate the belt's deterioration.

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. Doing this can prevent further damage to your car and save you time and money in the long run. We invite you to bring your vehicle to Chimney Rock Car Care today!

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