Timing Belt Replacement

timing-belt-chainA timing belt, also referred to as a cam belt, is used in combustion engines to control the timing of the engine valves. The timing belt is one of the few belts in the engine that has not yet been successfully replaced by the serpentine belt. Despite the serpentine belt being able to perform many jobs, the timing belt is still a very vital component of an engine.

Atlanta Timing Belts

On one end, the timing belt connects to the camshaft, which controls the opening and closing of the engine valves, and on the other side it connects to the crankshaft. The timing belt may also control the water pump in some makes and models.

Before timing belts, timing chains were more commonly used. Some cars still use a timing chain, and it essentially performs the same functions as a timing belt. The only difference is that the belt is made from a rubber composite and the chain is made from metal links. Chains have more durability, but belts are quieter and stretch better with the parts. Timing belts started to replace timing chains because of this. Overall, this allows for the design of the car as a whole to be more flexible. The only advantage of a timing chain, that it is more durable, doesn’t make up for the benefits of the timing belt.

Every car manufacturer recommends replacing the timing belt after a given time, and it is imperative to take this advice. The time or distance between timing belt replacement depends on the specific make and model of the vehicle, but on average it should be changed every 100,000 miles. A faulty timing belt could cause engine failure.

If you need timing belt replacement in Atlanta, stop by American Engine Installations in Marietta. We service all foreign makes and models. We are a quality auto shop that prides itself on customer satisfaction. We always put our best work out there, so give us a call or drop by today!