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What is a Timing Belt?

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Timing belts are also known as cambelts (timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes). The timing belt is an important component of an internal combustion engine. Timing belts ensure that camshaft and crankshaft rotation work together properly. If those components are not in sync, the valves and pistons are not able to function as they should. The purpose of the valves is to push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber as well as control air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it needs to have a timing belt that is in good condition. Learn more with Cornerstone Plymouth.



How Much is a Timing Belt?

What happens when a timing belt is not working correctly? The valves won’t open and close when they are supposed to. This can lead to costly repairs down the road when the valves end up hitting the pistons. If you catch an issue with the timing belt before it causes any damage, you can expect to pay approximately $500 to $1,000 for a replacement with parts and labor costs A timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. 

Does My Car Need a New Timing Belt?

There are a few warning signs to look for that signal when a timing belt needs to be replaced. If you notice any of these indicators, be sure to bring your vehicle to Cornerstone Plymouth to be evaluated. We are located near Minneapolis and Maple Grove.

  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • The engine misfires
  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine won’t turn over
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor
  • More smoke and fumes than normal

Learn More About Proper Vehicle Maintenance with Cornerstone Plymouth

If you are still unsure whether your car is in need of a replacement timing belt, or you have additional service-related questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts at Cornerstone Plymouth. We would be glad to assist you.

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