What is a Timing Belt?

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Timing belts are essential to the operation of internal combustion engines, and they are also known as cambelts or timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes). Find out how these components work at Land Rover Palm Beach. Consult your owner’s manual or contact our Land Rover service center near Boca Raton with any questions!

What Do Timing Belts Do? How Do Timing Belts Work?

  • Timing belts synchronize the rotation of camshaft and crankshaft rotation so the valves and pistons can operate smoothly.
  • Valves control air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber.
  • If the timing belt malfunctions, the valves and pistons can collide and cause severe engine damage due to the high speeds at which they move.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

  • If the engine is damaged when a timing belt breaks, replacing the water pump, valves, and pistons can cost $2,000 or more.
  • If no engine damage has occurred and you only need to replace the timing belt, you might pay around $500 to $1,000 for parts and labor.

Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Most manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles, but it’s a good idea keep up with your vehicle maintenance schedule so certified technicians can catch issues and replace parts before the timing belt snaps. If you notice any of the following warning signs with your timing chain or rubber belt, schedule a service appointment in Delray Beach:

  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine won’t start
  • Issues if the engine is running between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • The engine misfires
  • Smoke and fumes coming from the hood
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor

Get More Car Maintenance Tips from Land Rover Palm Beach in West Palm Beach!

If you have any more questions about broken timing belts or other automotive components, contact us at Land Rover Palm Beach! You can even learn more about important parts of your vehicle like what a serpentine belt is and why it’s beneficial to your vehicle. Before you head to your Wellington-area service center, check out our latest parts and service specials so you can get a great deal on genuine Land Rover parts and labor.

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