Check out these symptoms of a bad or failing timing belt
- Ticking noise coming from the engine. The timing belt is attached by way of a series of pulleys to the engine’s crank and cam shaft.
- Engine won’t turn over.
- Engine misfires.
- Oil leaking from in front of the motor.
- 1 How much does it cost to replace a timing belt?
- 2 How do I know if my car has a timing belt or chain?
- 3 What will happen if the timing belt breaks?
- 4 Can you drive with a bad timing belt?
- 5 How do I know if my timing belt is worn out?
- 6 How long can you drive with a bad timing belt?
- 7 Is it worth changing timing belt?
- 8 What happens if I don’t change my timing belt?
- 9 What are the signs of a bad timing chain?
- 10 Which is better timing belt or chain?
- 11 Do cars still have timing belts?
How much does it cost to replace a timing belt?
The majority of the cost is labor, because many parts need to be removed from the engine to gain access to the belt. A typical timing belt will only cost between $25 and $50, but the repair takes at least a few hours. The labor cost to replace a timing belt can range from $200 – $900.
How do I know if my car has a timing belt or chain?
There is an easy way to find out if your car is driven by a timing chain or timing belt motor. If, on the side (not top) of the engine, either left or right, there is a plastic cover, your car has timing belt. If there is no plastic on the side, you have a timing chain.
What will happen if the timing belt breaks?
If a timing belt breaks while driving in an interference engine, the camshaft stops turning leaving some of the engine valves in the open position. This may result in a heavy damage to the engine with broken or bent valves, damaged pistons and, possibly, destroyed cylinder head and block.
Can you drive with a bad timing belt?
In a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves don’t occupy the same space, so if the timing belt snaps, no valve or cylinder damage occurs. You just pop a new belt on, and the engine should theoretically drive normally. If your engine isn’t listed, Google it, as these lists aren’t exhaustive.
How do I know if my timing belt is worn out?
Ticking sound coming from engine: A failing timing belt can cause a ticking noise when the car is running. This is typically a sign that you have low oil pressure or that the engine isn’t getting enough lubrication. 4. Engine won’t start: If the timing belt is completely broken, the car won’t even be able to start.
How long can you drive with a bad timing belt?
Replacing your timing belt before it fails is something you do to reduce the risk of the severe engine damage I mentioned earlier. As a general rule of thumb, roughly 75,000 to 100,000 miles or 7–10 years (whichever comes first) is a reasonable replacement interval with minimal risk.
Is it worth changing timing belt?
Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no obvious signs the timing belt is near death; it will just break. That’s why highly rated auto mechanics recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
What happens if I don’t change my timing belt?
Car Talk Tip: If you have an interference engine, don’t try to squeeze every last mile out of your timing belt. Change it at the recommended interval. The worst that can happen is your timing belt will break, your car will stop running and you’ll be stranded, but your engine will not be permanently damaged.
What are the signs of a bad timing chain?
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Timing Chain
- Engine misfires. There are two ways to achieve valve timing in a combustion engine.
- Metal shavings are found in the oil. It’s recommended by all automotive manufacturers to change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
- Engine rattles while idling.
Which is better timing belt or chain?
Previously, virtually every four-stroke engine was equipped with a timing chain. The advantage to the belt is that it is very quiet. They’re also strong, but will wear out. Most automobile manufacturers recommend a timing belt replacement every 60,000-100,000 miles.
Do cars still have timing belts?
Some car manufacturers have begun to replace the timing belts on newer vehicles with timing chains. The idea is that a chain is more durable and will last as long as the vehicle. Depending on the make, model and year of your car, you may not have a timing belt.
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