The downward trend in the economy has made it important for people to prioritize their necessities and allocate funds for their most important needs. In the process, car maintenance has taken a back seat, unfortunately. It is unfortunate because car diagnostic tests help the owner to locate a problem and rectify it before it becomes magnified. It is also important for the well-being of the family that the car should be in good condition so that accidents are prevented due to a breakdown of the car while using it. If your car is serviced regularly, the service technician will check all the parts of your car and change worn out parts including the timing belt if required.
Function Of The Timing Belt In A Car
The timing belt is an important of the engine as it is responsible for the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft correctly enabling the engine’s valves to open and close at the right time. It also ensures that the piston does not strike the valves. A timing belt has teeth on the inner surface and operates rather quietly. They are covered by metal or polymer belt covers which have to be checked regularly and replaced if necessary. Most car engine manufacturers recommend changing the timing belt at regular intervals to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the vehicle.
Guidelines For Proper Timing Belt Change
When the timing belt is changed, it should be done by experienced car technicians. This is because the synchronization of the movements of the valve and piston must be restored for the engine to function correctly. Also, car engineers recommend changing the water pump and the timing belt tensioner at the time that the timing belt is being changed. An improperly functioning timing belt may cause the engine to be damaged irrevocably. The vehicle manufacturer usually recommends changing the timing belt at scheduled intervals such as every 50000 or 80000 kilometers.
Pros Of Timely Timing Belt Change
The common problems that one encounters with the timing belt are the teeth getting stripped as a result of which the drive cog will slip. The belt could break due to the wear and tear process. The timing belt tensioner could malfunction causing derailing of the belt. If you change your timing belt as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, it results in increased mileage for your vehicle. It also leads to better acceleration and improved horsepower. It could save you from having to spend on expensive auto repairs such as cylinder damage, engine failure, and piston damage.