Timing Belts in Thannington

Issues that may develop with your timing belt

Problems with a car's timing belt are one of the leading causes of breakdowns. Cam belts can suffer a number of problems and you can avoid breaking down if you know how to spot them.

The worst case scenario is your cam belt snapping completely, and there are a range of problems that can cause this. Timing belts can become tight resulting in them emitting loud squeaking noises.

Should the teeth fall out of your timing belt the cam shaft cannot be turned. The camshaft will also be stopped from turning if the timing belt is not aligned properly.

Timing belts being exposed to oil can be damaging affecting its precise dimensions and preventing it from working efficiently. Timing belts can sometimes loosen meaning that they can slide out of position.

Cam belts are sometimes known to snap after becoming corroded.

What is the function of a timing belt?

Timing belts are belts, normally made out of rubber that will control the timing of a car's engine valves.

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

The teeth of a timing belt are attentively 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 ensure that it does not drop out of sync with the crankshaft.

The camshaft will need to be turned half as fast as the crankshaft of the engine, 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.

Events that can lead to engine damage can be things like engine valves not opening and closing correctly resulting in them being blocked by the pistons of the engine.

Types of timing belt

Cam belts can be procured in a number of types and the type that you will need will be dependant on your particular vehicle. A cam belt will be required in two types of engine.

Timing bets for interference engines need to be regularly maintained as a result of the close proximity between the valves and pistons of the engine. Timing bets for non-interference engines need much less maintenance as the pistons and valves are spaced further apart.

Timing belts have different shaped teeth as well. Older cam belts will have triangular shaped teeth, in contrast to the rounded teeth of modern cam belts.

Cam belts will usually 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.

What happens when timing belt issues are ignored

Failure to recognise the signs of a damaged timing belt, or even worse; failure to address the problem can have disastrous consequences for your engine. If you Alfa romeo car has an interference engine failure to act upon a cam belt that is damaged will spell disaster.

If the cam belt snaps then your car will simply stop, but if the belt continues to work whilst it is damaged you could be blissfully unaware of the damage that it is doing to your engine. If you have a damaged timing belt the pistons and valves in your engine will knock together which can result in cracks appearing in your valve guides.

You car's valve guides can also end up bent which can cost a considerable amount to have fixed. You might even end up with a broken camshaft.

Should your timing belt be damaged you can call upon RepairACar to locate Thannington cam belt mechanics.