What is a Timing Belt?

Close up picture of a vehicle's timing belt

Timing belts, also known as cambelts (timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes), play a significant role in how your vehicle’s engine’s internal combustion works. Timing belts harmonize camshaft and crankshaft rotation; when they both are in sync, the pistons and valves will operate properly. Valves control air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. Whether you drive a new Toyota or another model, a healthy cambelt is essential to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive on the Columbia roadways.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

When a timing belt breaks, the valves will no longer be able to open and close at the right time. They will start hitting the pistons, and your vehicle will end up needing expensive repairs – up to $2,000 and more if the valves, pistons, and water pumps were damaged. However, if no damage occurred, Lexington-area drivers can expect to pay anywhere between $500 and $1,000 in parts and labor costs. Most manufacturers state that it’s best to replace the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Whether your vehicle has a rubber belt or a timing chain, it’s easy to tell when there is a problem. If you notice the following red flags, it’s important that you schedule car repair at Jim Hudson Toyota’s service center near Lexington:

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

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If you have any additional questions about what is a timing belt, how they work, and repair costs, don’t hesitate to give our team a call today. Our team will inspect your vehicle and fix any issues we find in a timely manner. It’s our goal to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive on the streets in Chapin. Be sure to browse our current service specials and parts coupons to help you save on your next visit.

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