Signs That Show Your Timing Belt Is Getting Bad

Certain faults with your vehicle will occur, leaving you entirely perplexed as to what is wrong with it. These symptoms are frequently mistaken as a malfunctioning electrical system or fuel pump. This is a regular occurrence when a timing belt fails. But, first and foremost, what is a timing belt? The timing belt is positioned in the engine and is responsible for synchronizing the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. If both are not in sync, the vehicle’s pistons and valves will not operate properly. These are the warning signals that your timing belt is failing or losing its synchronization.

There could be a significant problem with your timing belt if you hear a ticking noise coming from your car’s engine. A system of pulleys connect the timing belt to the engine’s crank and cam shaft in your car. When your car’s timing belt wears out, it may make a ticking noise inside the engine. It’s also possible that this is a sign of low oil pressure.

An Installed Timing Belt
An Installed Timing Belt

Your car’s engine will not be able to ignite or turn over properly if the timing belt is damaged or irreplaceable. This means that while you may hear the starter motor engage when you turn the key, the timing belt, which operates the crank and shaft, will not fully ignite. You won’t be able to drive your car at all if your timing belt breaks. If the timing belt breaks when the car is in motion, the cylinder head hardware such as rocker arms, push rods, and valves can be severely damaged as a result of this.

An oil leak is another common symptom that your timing belt is worn out. If you find oil around your engine, it’s possible that you have a leak, which usually comes from the timing belt cover. While a sequence of nuts and bolts may attach your timing belt cover, they are quite prone to come loose with time. When the gasket between the engine block and the timing cover wears down or cracks, an oil leak can occur. This can cause your engine to overheat, as well as a slew of other costly repairs.

If your car’s exhaust is producing a lot more smoke than usual, it could be due to a problem with your timing belt. In an attempt to run under strain, your engine may work harder than it should, resulting in costly repairs down the road. Your car will emit more exhaust than it should as a result of this extra work.

If you find that your engine revs up or your RPMs (Revolutions Per Minute) are unusually high when you rev your car, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your timing belt. Whether your timing belt has missing teeth or has fully shattered, it can have a significant impact on your car’s RPM metre.

Unfortunately, there are not always clear symptoms that your car’s timing belt needs to be replaced. That’s why your timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. You can also look up the manufacturer’s recommendation in your owner’s manual. Chat with us or schedule an appointment HERE to inspect your timing belt and replace if necessary.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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