Timing Belts in Dorchester

Definition of a cam belt

A cab belt is a belt that offers a connection between the camshaft and crankshaft of an engine. It has teeth that vary in shape depending on you vehicles belt type.

Timing belts that are recent tend to have round teeth, whereas older belts will often have sharper teeth. Typically, timing belts are made out of rubber and are then imbued with materials such as fibreglass to strengthen them so that they will last longer.

Cam belts made recently tend to be made from resistant materials like HSN so that they are better equipped to cope with high engine temperatures. Modern timing belts have less width to lessen their weight, to generate less friction.

Why do engines have timing belts?

Cam belts are belts that are normally made of rubber that control an engine valve's timing.

Engine valves open and close a specific number of times and a timing belt ensures that this is allowed to happen.

A cam belt's teeth are carefully designed with regards to the sort of engine that the belt is part of.

These teeth turn the camshaft of your vehicle and make sure that it stays synchronised with the crankshaft.

The camshaft will need to be turned half as fast as the vehicle's crank shaft, and this is enabled by the timing belt.

If this is not allowed to happen then the engine does not operate properly which will result in your engine being damaged.

Events that can lead to engine damage can be things like your engine's valves remaining open when they shouldn't be resulting in them being blocked by the pistons of the engine.

The consequences of failing to act on timing belt issues

Failure to recognise the signs of a damaged timing belt, or worse yet; failure to act upon it can spell the end for your vehicle. If your vehicle has an interference engine failure to act upon a cam belt that is damaged will spell disaster.

If the timing belt in your vehicle snap then your car will not be able to run at all, but if the belt continues to work whilst it is damaged the engine of your vehicle could be taking on damage without you even realising it. If you have a damaged timing belt the valves and pistons in your car's engine will hit into one another which can result in cracks forming in your valve guides.

The valve guides in the engine of your vehicle may also bend which can be expensive to fix. In extreme circumstances your cam shaft may even break.

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