Timing Belts in Kingston

Consequences of not addressing timing belt problems

A failure to spot that your cam belt is damaged, or even worse; a failure to act when it is can have disastrous consequences for your car engine.

If you have an interference engine in your vehicle can lead to your car becoming irreparably damaged in some circumstances.

If the cam belt snaps then your car will simply stop, but if it continues to function whilst 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 cause cracks in the valve guides.

You could suffer bent valve guides which it can be expensive to fix.

You might even end up suffering from a broken camshaft in extreme cases.

If you are experiencing any problems with cam belts use RepairACar to track down Kingston cam belt mechanics.

Kingston mechanics can perform work on timing belts

If you wish to have jobs done on your vehicle's cam belt you will have to source a Kingston mechanic. RepairACar can be used to source registered Kingston mechanics to perform cam belt work for your Mazda. All manner of cam belt work can be undertaken by our mechanics in Kingston.

If you think that your cam belt may be broken they can be used to carry out a timing belt inspection. Should there be an issue with your timing belt our Kingston timing belt specialists are able to repair it, or should this not be possible, they can replace your damaged cam belt. A cam belt tightening may need to be carried out, or it could be that you need to have it loosened as it is running too tightly.

It could be that you need to have your cam belt realigned. You may need to have them synchronise your cam belt and crankshaft, or maybe you need to have your cam belt and water pump replaced, RepairACar can be used to help you find timing belt experts in Kingston irrespective of your problem.

Types of timing belt

Timing belts can be obtained in a range of types and the sort that you will need will depend on the sort of car that you have.

There are two sorts of car engines that require a cam belt.

Interference engine cam belts need to be regularly maintained as a result of the close proximity between the valves and pistons of the engine.

Cam belts for non-interference engines do not require such careful maintenance as the pistons and valves are not so close together.

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

The teeth in cam belts that are older are often triangular, whereas recent models of cam belt tend to have teeth that are round.

Timing belts tend to be made from rubber which has been treated with materials like Kevlar to make it stronger, although materials such as HSN are now frequently used.

Issues with timing belts

Issues with timing belts are one of the main reasons for car's breaking down. You can experience difficulty with timing belts for a number of reasons and recognising them in time can be the difference between breaking down or not. The obvious problem is your timing belt snapping all together, and this can be caused by a number of issues.

Timing belts can become tight resulting in them emitting loud squeaking noises. If your timing belt looses some or all of it's teeth there will be no way to turn the cam shaft. The camshaft will also be stopped from turning if the timing belt is not aligned properly.

Timing belts can also become damaged by oil being compressed into the belt changing the size of the belt, meaning that it will not work correctly. Cam belts are also known to slacken which can cause them to shift in position. Cam belt corrosion can also result in them snapping.

What is a timing belt?

A cam belt provides a connection for the crankshaft of an engine and its camshaft.

Teeth run up it's length that may vary in their shape dependant on your belt's type.

Timing belts that are recent tend to have round teeth, whereas shaper teeth can be found on older belts.

Timing belts are normally made from rubber and are then strengthened by materials such as fibreglass so that they will last longer.

Modern cam belts will sometimes be made from durable materials such as HSN so that they will not suffer damage because of high engine temperatures.

Modern cam belts are not as wide as there predecessors in order to reduce their weight and friction, to boost efficiency.

What is the role of a timing belt?

Timing belts are found within your vehicle's engine that will control the timing of a car's engine valves.

Engine valves must open and close a specific number of times and the cam belt ensures that this happens correctly.

A timing belt's teeth are purposefully designed so that they can deliver maximum efficiency for their engine.

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

The camshaft rotates at exact half the speed as the vehicle's crank shaft, and this is enabled by the timing 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 valves in the vehicle's engine staying open at the wrong times resulting in them being blocked by the pistons of the engine.