Of all the parts of a car, the timing belt is among one of the ones people generally know the least about. Your car’s timing belt works by making sure your camshaft and crankshaft turn at the right speed. The crankshaft makes sure your car’s pistons move up for compression and exhaust cycles and down for power and intake. Your crankshaft is crucial because if your car’s aren’t closed when it’s time for compression, your car’s engine won’t have the power necessary to be effective. By contrast, your camshaft is heavily involved in the intake and exhaust processes.
When Should I Change It?
People used to believe that after 60,000 miles, you should change your car’s timing belt. However, as the technology used in vehicles has gotten better, more and more manufacturers suggest having this done at different times. In order to get the best results, you should follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation. In certain cases, you will notice some signs that it is time to change your timing belt immediately. These symptoms include engine vibration and power loss. Make sure when you’re addressing issues with your timing belt that you have a new one installed rather than trying to repair an old one.
What Happens When It Breaks?
In the case that your timing belt breaks, your car’s engine will likely shut down. Your camshaft and crankshaft will become disconnected and your engine simply won’t have the power it needs to work well. The specifics of how a broken timing belt will affect your vehicle will depend on the type of engine you have. There are two types of engine: interference and noninterference. In an interference engine, more power is supplied to the vehicle and it valves are located further into the cylinder than those in an a non-interference engine.
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