Timing Belts in Greenhill

The results of not addressing timing belt issues

Failure to recognise when a timing belt is damaged, or worse still; a failure to address the issue can have disastrous consequences for your car engine. Should you have an interference engine on your vehicle not replacing a broken timing belt can result in damage to your car. If the cam belt snaps then your car will simply stop, but if your cam belt is running whilst damaged the engine of your vehicle could be taking on damage without you even realising it.

If your timing belt is damaged the pistons and valves in your engine will collide 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 circumstances your cam shaft may even break.

If you have a damaged timing belt you can call upon RepairACar to locate Greenhill cam belt mechanics.

What role does a timing belt play?

Timing belts are belts, normally made out 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 the cam belt makes sure that this happens in order.

A cam belt's teeth are carefully designed in order for them to provide a high level of efficiency for their intended engine.

These teeth turn the cam shaft of the engine and make sure that it stays synchronised with the crankshaft.

The camshaft will need to turn 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 surely result in severe damage to your engine.

Events that can lead to engine damage can be things like valves in the vehicle's engine staying open at the wrong times resulting in them being stuck by the engine's pistons.

Issues that may develop with your timing belt

Problems with a car's timing belt are one of the main reasons for a vehicle suffering a breakdown. There can be a number of different problems with timing belts and recognising them in time can be the difference between breaking down or not.

The worst case scenario is your cam belt snapping completely, and this can be caused by a number of issues. Cam belts can become over stretched leading to them creaking noisily.

Should the teeth fall out of your timing belt it will pose serious problems as there is no way to turn the cam shaft. The camshaft will also not be able to turn if the cam belt is aligned incorrectly.

Cam belts can be damaged as a result of oil exposure causing the belt to change in size, meaning that it cannot effectively function. Cam belts are also known to slacken resulting in them slipping out of their desired position.

Cam belts can sometimes break after becoming corroded.

What is a timing belt?

Timing belts provide a connection between the crankshaft of an engine and its camshaft.

It is covered with 'teeth' that are different shapes depending on the sort of belt that is in your vehicle.

Newer models of timing belt tend to have rounded teeth, whereas triangular teeth tend to cover traditional belts.

Cam belts will be often made out of rubber and are then imbued with materials such as fibreglass to strengthen them so that they can last longer between replacements.

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 tend to be narrower as this will lessen their weight, to generate less friction.

Types of timing belt

Timing belts can be obtained in a range of types and the sort that you will require will depend on your car. There are two different types of engine that need a timing belt.

Interference engine cam belts require regular maintaining as a result of the level of proximity between the engine's valves and pistons. Cam belts for non-interference engines need much less maintenance as the valves and pistons in the engine do not sit so closely 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, when contrasted with the rounded teeth of recent cam belts.

Timing belts tend to be made from rubber which has been strengthened with materials such as Twaron, although more and more timing belts are made from modern materials such as HSN.

Greenhill mechanics can perform work on timing belts

If you need to have work done on your timing belt Greenhill mechanics will need to be located.

Visiting RepairACar will help you to find Greenhill mechanics to carry out work on your timing belt.

Mechanics in Greenhill are able to perform a wide range of timing belt tasks.

If you think that your cam belt may be broken they can be used to inspect your timing belt.

If it is that there is a problem with your cam belt repairs can be done by the Greenhill timing belt experts we have or if this is not a possibility, they can run through a replacement of your cam belt.

It might be that you 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.

Maybe your crankshaft and cam belt need to be synchronised, or you might have to have both your timing belt and water pump replaced at the same time, you can locate Greenhill timing belt specialists when you visit RepairACar.