What Is a Timing Belt?

October 31st, 2018 by

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A timing belt is a circular strip of rubber that is notched or “toothed,” used to ensure proper valve operation and an essential part of your vehicle’s engine. Find out exactly how it helps your car function on Bayonne roads, and contact us at Metro Honda if you have any questions!

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How Does a Timing Belt Work?

  1. Timing belts are used for internal combustion engines (not electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles).
  2. Timing belts connect the crankshaft to the camshaft and control the opening and closing of the engine valves.
  3. Engine valves open and close in a specific rhythm that is synchronized with the crankshaft, and each timing belt is designed for a particular engine.
  4. The teeth on timing belts grab the camshaft and turn it in tandem with the crankshaft.
  5. In some engines, the timing belt is also used to control the water pump or oil pump.

When Do I Replace My Timing Belt?

While a rubber timing belt is quieter, more efficient, and less expensive than timing chains or gear options, it does tend to have a shorter lifespan. Most will last between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, but you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual or Newark-area service center to be sure. The timing belt tensioner should also be replaced at this time.

What Can Go Wrong With A Timing Belt?

Since a timing belt is reinforced at the center with high tensile fibers, outright breakage of the belt is unlikely, but improper maintenance can still be disastrous:

  1. Dirt can mix with engine oil and grease under the hood and accelerate the wear of your timing belt.
  2. If your timing belt is too loose, it will whip, and if it is too tight it will strain the cogs and bearings.
  3. If your timing belt is not replaced in time, the teeth will become stripped, which can cause the drive cog to slip.
  4. This can cause a collision of the valves and pistons in interference engines, which at thousands of rpm’s can lead to engine damage and catastrophic engine failure.

Keep Your Vehicle in Shape at Metro Honda

Due to the sensitivity of timing belts, is recommended that they are replaced by factory-trained technicians. Check out our current service specials to save money on your next round of maintenance, or learn more about vehicle care from Metro Honda. We cover topics like how to jump-start your car if it breaks down in Hoboken and why tire rotation is important. Be sure to explore other helpful tips like how to clean your floor mats or the Honda battery warranty!

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