Knowing More About Timing Belt Replacement

Timing belt complications usually occur without warning. There are no signs of obvious impending damage like an abnormal noise or leaks that could help alert you. Moreover, if your car suddenly dies during its run and refuses to restart, it is most likely that your timing belt is damaged and a timing belt replacement is needed.

Most car owners enjoy the benefit of having a car. The only downfall for such is the responsibility of maintenance in order to make it last for a long time. The car’s belt is among the most essential parts of the car as it works as a linkage between the crankshaft and camshaft. It controls the opening and closing of the valves located in the engine of the car. Naturally, if the belt gets damaged, the car will fail to run smoothly and safely.

Keeping the timed motion of a car is important. Failing to do so will result to a collision between other car parts such as the valves, cylinder head, cylinder walls and pistons. The belt, then, was made to prevent such incident from happening. The belt syncs the mechanism of the engine every time the car is in motion. It rests on two crankshaft pulleys and each of these contain a timing mark. It is important that these marks are arranged according to the timing specifications of the car. The pulleys are then toothed to prevent the belt from slipping off or sliding around the pulleys. These are all commonly preserved movements that help in the successful running of the car.

Because the belt is made from rubber, it is prone to stretching and breaking due to too much heat. As heat penetrates to the belt, it stretches and deteriorates causing the teeth of the belt to wear out. If there are no teeth to secure the belt, a collision of car parts is made possible. In order to prevent this from happening, a regular check-up or inspection must be done by a certified mechanic. Prevention is better than the cure as this would lessen the cost of car repair and maintenance.

Furthermore, preventing the belt from breaking can’t be done, a replacement remains as the only solution. It is recommended that the car’s timing belt is replaced every 50,000 to 70,000 miles. This is, however, dependent on the car’s replacement intervals for timing belts. This auto repair service usually costs between $250 and $750. Your expenses will vary according to the condition of the belt’s damage.

To save on costs, most car owners resort to replacing the belt on their own. Although it is a difficult task, it is not impossible to do. Experience and knowledge are, nevertheless, essential to have a successful replacement. It should be remembered that once the replacement is done incorrectly, your engine will not run. To avoid this, asking advice and recommendations from certified mechanics is a good measure. Researching is also logical to ensure more understanding regarding the replacement of timing belts.

When to Change Your Honda Gold Wing Timing Belts

1975 to 1987 4-cylinder cog Honda timing belts are a very common automotive type that should and will last safely to 45,000 miles, provided they are used in a car with close ratio automatic shifting and fairly medium to high freeway to highway use. BUT, put them in a early Honda Gold Wing motorcycle (GL1000, GL1100 or GL1200) with its manual shift and wider gear change steps creates another situation. Bang, clunk, up and down, over and over – lashing and stressing the belts harshly, setting up stress and shear points around the belt.

You can’t tell a thing by looking at them as they NEVER show wear, stretch or cracking. The belt construction, a bias fiberglass rubber laminate, does not allow for it because valve timing must NEVER alter.

Hundreds of discussions with customers who have broken belts puts the risk range at 22,000 to 28,000 miles or 5 years, regardless of mileage.Push them further is like playing Russian Roulette with your engine valves and your safety. Preventive maintenance is the key. If you don’t know when the belts were last changed, you are at risk.

On the other hand, the 1988 to 2000 6-cylinder curvilinear cog Honda timing belts used on the GL1500 are not so risky and rarely break but those darn radiussed cogs just start to wear during timing fluctuates. A lot of times the bike just stops running due to sensor shut-downs when the valve timing span becomes too distorted or irregular. It’s no fun sitting on the highway when you can’t figure out what is NOT going on while all systems appear to start and run.

Experience with customers tells us to change your valve timing belts at a about 35,000 to 50,000 mile intervals for best performance and lowest risk of being mysteriously stranded.

So, do it! Change your timing belts! But then, we do make a bigger sale if you gamble and lose, as lots of riders have done. Valves, head gaskets, exhaust pipe gaskets and… new timing belts make very nice order!!

Fractions of pennies per miles, a small cost to replace and maintain as compared against damaged engines, huge expenses, towing bill and risk of life and limb. Don’t end up on the side of the road when your most critical engine component fails!

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The Advantages of Using Timing Belts and Pulleys

The use of a timing pulley and belt in automobiles is very important. They are essential components of your car’s internal combustion engine application that is responsible for controlling the opening and closing of the engine valves. It is the role of the timing belt and pulley to connect the crankshaft to the camshaft and synchronise them at the correct timing to keep the engine running.

Together they provide a positive drive by engaging the molded teeth in the belt to the accurately spaced grooves on the pulley. It is the entering and leaving of the belt teeth from the pulley grooves that produces a positive drive, resulting in a smoother and quieter engine operation.

Timing belts have replaced the use of older style timing chains in most vehicle types’ engines that were popular during the 1970s and 1980s. Recently, however, timing chains have re-emerged in the market, causing a new trend of car manufacturers to go back to timing chain engine design.

The re-emergence of vehicles with engines using timing chains have caused quite a confusion in prospective car owners over the choice of engine type they should go for.

Although it is unlikely that there will ever be an exact figure on timing belts versus timing chains performance comparison, here is a list of advantages a timing belt have over a timing chain:

  • It provides precise registration and timing without the loss of high torque carrying capability
  • It provides high mechanical efficiency, reaching as high as 98% in contrast with the 91% – 98% efficiency offered by a chain.
  • It eliminates the risk of slippage through the belt’s positive grip on the pulley.
  • There is little to no possibility of elongation due to wear since it is typically rubber made of high-tensile fibres.
  • It maintains a quiet and clean operation as opposed to the timing chain requiring a quieting shoe for noise reduction.
  • Lengthened use does not result in power transmission inefficiency.
  • It resists rust, contaminants, and chemicals.
  • It is simply a cheaper option since it does not require adjustments, lubrication systems, motor bases, and tensioning devices. Maintenance costs, therefore, is minimal. Though timing belts are low maintenance compared to timing chains, careful monitoring of these car components still needs to be implemented. When these parts are damaged or malfunction, there will be a serious impact on your vehicle’s overall performance.

We all have our own preferences and if you decide on a vehicle that uses timing pulleys and belts, ensure that you monitor their working condition to avoid car breakdowns.

The Importance of the Timing Belt

To work properly, all of the components of your engine must run at a constant and timed motion. The timing belt is the crucial part that keeps the components of the engine in sync. When it breaks or slips, your engine will not run properly, possibly leaving you stranded. A professional automotive mechanic should regularly inspect your timing belt as part of your vehicle maintenance to ensure that it is not damaged or worn.

Many drivers probably do not realize the importance that the timing belt plays in the performance of your engine. Its purpose is to sync the operations of the engine to achieve optimal performance. The timing belt connects the lower half of the engine, crankshaft and pistons, with the upper half, camshafts, intake and exhaust valves. It keeps the two halves running in time together.

As the car is driven, heat and stress gradually stretch the timing belt. Once it begins to stretch and deteriorate, the teeth of the belt begin to wear out, which can result in it “slipping”, or breaking altogether. In the event of a slip or break, the camshaft positioning can be effected, which has a very low tolerance. This can result in the valves and pistons making contact with each other within the engine, causing destructive damage that is extremely expensive to repair.

If this important component should happen to break or slip while you are driving your vehicle, you will probably experience an abrupt halt in the engine and you may end up coasting to a quick stop. Basically, you will be stranded and you will need to call a tow truck to get your vehicle to an automotive repair shop. A non-functioning belt can cost you money and time.

In order to prevent slipping or breaking, your belt should be regularly inspected by a certified mechanic who specializes in the maintenance of your brand of vehicle. Maintenance should occur routinely so that any potential problems can be identified before costly damages occur. Repairs from damages resulting from a broken or slipped timing belt can be quite expensive. Routine inspection and maintenance should protect you from such an occurrence.

Most timing belts are hidden beneath protective covers and are not readily visible for inspection. This is why you will need to enlist the help of a certified mechanic to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. Many times, the timing belts also drive the water pump and you usually have to remove the timing belt to replace the water pump. Most often, the water pump will be replaced along with the belt to prevent another labor-intensive repair to occur once the water pump fails.

Replacement can be an expensive procedure, due to the intensive labor required to replace it. However, it is necessary, and one of the most vital preventative repairs you can ever have performed on your vehicle. The interval for replacement varies by vehicle manufacturer and the type of engine, but is normally recommended every 60,000 to 90,000 miles (consult your vehicle owner’s manual). If your vehicle is approaching this milestone or already passed it, do not delay in getting the timing belt replaced.