What is a timing belt, and what does it do?
Timing belts are made of fiberglass or wire, with reinforced synthetic rubber that has teeth to match your camshaft. They are quieter than chains, and generally require manual maintenance. A part of your car’s internal combustion engine, your timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshafts. This ensures that your engine valves will open and close at the right time during each intake of your car’s cylinders. When in proper working order, your timing belt will guarantee that your car runs smoothly. Kirk Brown and Sons has experience when it comes to changing your timing belts, and can help you when you’re in need of service! When this component of your car fails, it will cause your valves to remain open, which causes your pistons to strike and ultimately cause major damage to your vehicle. This is why it’s so critical to make sure that it is properly maintained!
Here are some of the advantages of timing belt installation and use:
- Economical operations: use of timing belts ensures that your car will no longer need a lubrication system or tensioning devices. Combined with energy savings and reduced costs due to reduced down time, installing one of these belts can really save you a bundle!
- Flexibility: with a traditional chain system, gears and shafts constrain the location of your crankshafts and camshafts, which leads to noise and faster wear. Your timing belt will allow for much more flexibility in relative locations of the camshafts and crankshafts.
- High mechanical efficiency: while your basic timing chains and v belts are close, timing belts have a 98% rate of working efficiently when properly maintained.
Why should you replace your timing belt?
Your timing belt is an important part of your vehicle that hides behind dust covers and other parts of your engine. The fact that it’s so hidden makes car owners feel like it’s not worth fixing. This could not be further from the truth! Kirk Brown and Sons recommends that you change out your timing belt every 60,000 miles to ensure proper use. If this isn’t done, you could risk being stranded on the side of the road like so many other drivers. Keeping up with regular maintenance is important because it will help improve power transmission efficiency and chemical resistance.
Here is an in-depth list of the benefits related to replacing your belt:
- It increases horsepower: when in proper working order, your timing belt will help you increase acceleration and horsepower when you step on the gas. The power of your engine will increase exponentially when you replace the belt.
- It increases fuel economy: it will dramatically increase your gas mileage! It’s important to remember that when your timing belt has reached 60,000 miles, it can get cracked and stretched which can cause poor adjustment—making it hard to fit around the gears.
- Lower repair costs: replacing your timing belt costs around $300. However, damages caused by broken belts can costs you thousands! Make sure you replace your belts to avoid costly repairs.
At the end of the day, taking care of your car is important. If you want your car to run efficiently and quietly, changing out your timing belt is crucial. Kirk Brown and Sons is here to help you take care of one of your most precious possessions, and keep you from paying too much for repairs, as a broken timing belt can be incredibly costly. After all, you take your family around in your vehicle, so why not keep everything up to date to ensure their safety? If you would like more information on what a timing belt is, and why it’s important to replace and maintain, contact us today!