Timing Belts in Hastings

Jobs that Hastings mechanics do on timing belts

When you need to have work carried out on your cam belt Hastings mechanics will need to be located.

RepairACar can be used to find a registered mechanic in Hastings to carry out work on your timing belt.

Any number of cam belt jobs can be carried out by our approved Hastings mechanics.

Should you have noticed your cam belt may be damaged you can have them check your timing belt.

When they have worked out what is wrong with your vehicle's timing belt our approved timing belt specialists can perform cam belt repairs, or if this is not possible undertake a timing belt replacement.

You may need to have your timing belt tightened, or the timing belt on your car might even be too tight.

From time to time cam belts will also need to be realigned.

Perhaps you need to have your cam belt and crankshaft synchronised, or it could be that you wish to have your cam belt and water pump replaced together, RepairACar can be used to help you find timing belt experts in Hastings irrespective of your problem.

Why do you need a timing belt?

Cam belts are belts that are normally made of rubber that control an engine valve's timing. The engine valves in a vehicle are required to open and close a pre-set number of times and a timing belt ensures that this is allowed to happen. The teeth on a cam belt are purposefully made so that they can perform efficiently for their intended engine.

The teeth turn the cam shaft and makes sure that it remains synchronised with the crankshaft. The camshaft will need to be turned half as fast as the crankshaft and this is regulated by a cam belt. If this does not happen your engine will not operate correctly which can lead to your engine suffering irreparable damage.

Causes of such damage to engines can be engine valves not opening and closing correctly resulting in them being blocked by the pistons of the engine.

Definition of a cam belt

Timing belts provide a connection between an engine's crank and camshafts. It is covered with 'teeth' that are different shapes depending on you vehicles belt type. Timing belts that are recent tend to have round teeth, whereas triangular teeth tend to cover traditional belts.

Cam belts will be often made out of rubber and are then strengthened with materials like kevlar so that they can last longer between replacements. Some timing belts are made out of resistant materials such as HSN so that they are not damaged by high temperatures in engines. Modern cam belts are not as wide as there predecessors in order to decrease weight and friction subsequently.

What happens when timing belt problems are not addressed

Failure to recognise when a timing belt is damaged, or even worse; a failure to act when it is can have dire consequences for the engine of your car. If you have an interference engine in your vehicle failure to act upon a cam belt that is damaged will spell disaster. If your timing belt snaps completely the car will not run, but if the belt continues to run impaired your engine could be damaged beyond repair without your knowledge.

Should your timing belt be damaged the valves and pistons in your car's engine will hit into one another which can result in cracks appearing in your valve guides. The valve guides in the engine of your vehicle may also bend which can result in considerable expense to fix. In extreme cases your camshaft may even break.

Should your timing belt be damaged you can visit RepairACar to find a registered cam belt mechanic in Hastings.

Types of timing belt

There are a number of different sorts of cam belt and the sort that you will need to have will depend on what sort of vehicle that you have.

There are two different types of engine that need a timing belt.

Cam belts for interference engines need to be regularly maintained as a result of the close proximity between the valves and pistons in the engine of your car.

Cam belts for non-interference engines need much less maintenance as the pistons and valves do not lie so close together.

The teeth of your cam belt may be of a number of shapes.

The teeth in less recently made cam belts are usually of a triangular shape, whereas modern timing belts will normally have rounded teeth.

Timing belts tend to be made from rubber imbued with another material such as fibreglass to strengthen it, although modern cam belts are made out of materials like HSN.


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