Issues with the timing belt of your car are one of the biggest causes of vehicles suffering breakdowns. Timing belts can be hit with a number of issues and if you know how to spot them you can avoid suffering a break down.
The timing belt snapping all together is obviously the main concern, and this can happen for a number of reasons. Cam belts can become too tight resulting in them emitting loud squeaking noises.
Should your cam belt start to loose teeth the cam shaft cannot be turned. The camshaft will not function if the timing belt is not aligned in the correct way.
Timing belts can also become damaged by oil being compressed into the belt causing the dimensions of the belt to shift, stopping it from working. Timing belts can sometimes loosen meaning that they can slide out of position.
Timing belts can also snap as a result of corrosion.
A failure to spot that your cam belt is damaged, or worse yet; failure to act upon it can have dire consequences for the engine of your car. If you Vauxhall car has an interference engine failure to act upon a cam belt that is damaged will spell disaster.
Should your timing belt snap your vehicle will not run at all, but if it continues to function whilst damaged the engine of your vehicle could be taking on damage without you even realising it. Should your timing belt be damaged the valves and pistons in your car's engine will hit into one another which can cause cracks in the valve guides.
You car's valve guides can also end up bent which it can be expensive to fix. The camshaft of your car may break in extreme scenarios.
If you are experiencing any problems with cam belts you can visit RepairACar to find a registered cam belt mechanic in Upstreet.
There are a number of different types of timing belt and the sort that you will need will depend on the sort of car that you have.
There are two engine designs that will need a cam belt.
Cam belts for interference engines need to be frequently checked and maintained as a result of the proximity between the valves and pistons in the engine of your car.
Cam belts for non-interference engines do not require such careful maintenance as the valves and pistons of your engine sit further apart from each other.
The teeth of your timing belt may be of a number of different shapes.
Triangular toothed timing belts tend to be older, in contrast to the rounded teeth of modern cam belts.
Timing belts are usually made from rubber which is then which has been strengthened by other materials like Twaron or Kevlar, although modern cam belts are made out of materials like HSN.
Timing belts provide a connection between a vehicle's crankshaft and camshaft.
It is covered with 'teeth' that are different shapes depending on you vehicles belt type.
Round teeth will be found of newer models of cam belt, whereas triangular teeth tend to cover traditional belts.
Timing belts are normally made from rubber and are then covered with materials like twaron to make them stronger to ensure that they have a longer life.
Modern cam belts will sometimes be made from durable materials such as HSN so that they are better equipped to cope with high engine temperatures.
Modern cam belts are not as wide as there predecessors in order to make them lighter so that friction is reduced.