Why is the timing belt important?
The timing belt is responsible for the correct synchronization between crankshaft and camshaft / axle. It transmits the movement of the crankshaft to the camshaft, which in turn drives the intake and exhaust valves. In some vehicles the belt also activates the water pump or other components.
All the mechanisms and parts connected to the belt must be perfectly synchronized to guarantee the good performance of the engine. As it is an element with a very long lifespan, it is common to neglect its maintenance. Therefore, it is very important to perform a periodic review to verify its status.
Why do I need to change it?
It is necessary to replace the timing belt in a preventive manner, since its breakage would cause irreversible damage in the worst case, or mean an expensive repair.
If your vehicle exceeds the maximum mileage recommended by the manufacturer, you must change it to prevent it from breaking unexpectedly. It is necessary to control the tension of the belt during the revisions, since if it is not correct, the various moving parts could interfere with each other.
In most cases, a timing belt in poor condition emits a very particular and annoying rhythmic noise, especially when the engine is idling or accelerating. It is a sign that it is time to replace it, or it will end up causing a serious breakdown.
How often should it be changed?
It is recommended to check the timing belt every 40,000 km. With a visual inspection by one of our specialized technicians, it will suffice to detect its status. If it is worn, cracked or has lost its color, it is better to replace it preventatively.
Although its useful life varies depending on the manufacturer, the ideal is to change the timing belt every 120,000 km or 10 years.
It will also be necessary to replace it if the mechanism fails or there are losses of coolant, oil or fuel. Given the complexity of this task, it is very important that the change is made by a professional.
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