Saving money on your timing belt or timing chain
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Saving money on your timing belt or timing chain

When replacing a timing belt, also replace the water pump, tensioner, and pulleys. If the pulleys and tensioners should fail after only replacing the belt, it can cause valve or piston damage and lead to more expensive repairs, in order to have the engine run properly. It is therefore essential to replace the whole set.

We only replace the water pump if it is driven by the timing belt (true for 60% of the cars).

How it’s done:

  • Remove accessories needed to gain access to engine timing cover.

  • Remove engine timing cover, inspect timing belt and pulleys for needed parts.

  • Remove and replace timing belt, water pump, pulleys, and tensioners.

  • Reinstall timing cover and all removed parts.

  • Start engine and check for proper engine operation and engine timing, as well as for cooling system leaks.
  • Our recommendation:
    Follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer and replace the timing belt as recommended. The timing belt drives the water pump in 60% of the cars. The labor cost of replacing the water pump is significantly higher than the cost of the pump. While replacing the timing belt, it is cost effective to replace the water pump. We highly recommend replacing the timing belt pulleys and tensioners. The tensioner applies pressure to the timing belt keeping it tight, while the pulleys keep the timing belt in line. These components are sealed units that contain bearings (they cannot be lubricated on a regular basis). The bearings wear out over time and may seize, causing the timing belt to come off, which can cause major internal engine damage.

    What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Timing Belt?

  • Abnormal squeaking coming from the timing cover area.

  • If the timing belt breaks, the car will not start.
  • How important is this service?
    Ignoring the replacement of a timing belt as a part of scheduled maintenance, could result in major engine failure down the road. You should not wait for your timing belt to break, it must be serviced regularly.


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    • Humro Merchandise
      3rd May 2018, 8:58 am REPLY

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    • Bruce Walsh
      17th August 2018, 1:56 pm REPLY

      The timing belt of your speed machine’s nucleus regulates the opening and the closing of the intake and exhaust faucets. It is a key automotive component and like other components, it also fails after remaining in the use for a certain spell. Thus, it has to be replaced on the schedule to avoid the affair of uncertain failure. The replacement of a timing belt is an expensive hassle. Thus, it should be maintained well to prolong its longevity. Apart from that, when doing the replacement, hiring a profound car professional- is highly recommendable for safe and effective execution.

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