When should you replace a timing belt?

When should you replace a timing belt?

Since the timing belt has such an important job, it’s crucial to have it replaced regularly. In most cases, there is no indication that a timing belt is becoming worn. Often times, it just breaks. That’s why most manufacturers recommend you have your vehicle’s timing belt replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

How to tell when a timing belt should be replaced?

If the timing belt is in place measure the circumference of the timing belt (distance around the outside edge of the timing belt) From these pieces of information a replacement timing belt can be identified.

Which is the correct tension for a timing belt?

The correct timing belt tension is the lowest tension at which timing belts will transmit the required mechanical power and not ratchet teeth when the drive is under a full load.

Can a broken timing belt be removed on an interference engine?

Don’t do this on interference engines unless you’re sure the belt is still intact. If you have not already bent your valves with a broken timing belt, you will likely do so if you spin the crankshaft without the camshaft spinning. Determine if the harmonic balancer pulley needs to be removed to remove the timing belt cover.

Can a worn out timing belt cause a fire?

Engine misfires A worn out timing belt might also impact the engine’s fire rate. The timing belt is attached to pulleys that drive the crank and camshaft as we’ve indicated above. However, sometimes the belt will slip on the camshaft drive and cause one cylinder to open or close earlier than it should.

How often should a timing belt be replaced?

Manufacturers employ various schedules and measures for timing belt replacement, but the rule of thumb is 60,000 miles, or 5 years, whichever comes first. Is My Engine Safe If My Timing Belt Snaps?

How do you change timing belt on Chevy Colorado?

Remove timing belt covers. Lock camshafts, as required, and note position of camshaft timing marks. Remove timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys. Remove timing belt. If replacing the water pump, do so at this time, and of course drain the cooling system first.

What happens when the timing belt is broken in a car?

If the timing belt has broken inside, the engine will not be able to turn over or ignite. When you turn the key, you might hear the starter motor engage, but since the timing belt operates the crank and camshaft, it will not turn over.

When did the first timing belt come out?

Originally made of a band with metal clips this proved to be expensive and noisy, in 1945 Singer in conjunction with Uniroyal which is now Gates Inc. developed the timing belt. Now to all you guys from the 50’s and 60’s typically every engine had a timing chain.

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