Timing Belt Service
The timing belt keeps the top and bottom components of your engine rotating at the proper ratio. If the belt breaks, the engine will stop and in some cases the engine will be damaged.
An interference type engine does not have enough clearance between the pistons and the valves if the timing belt breaks or skips. The repair, after breakage, on this type of engine usually includes removing the cylinder head, replacing the valves, valve guides and the timing belt.
Along with the timing belt there are other components that may require replacement with the timing belt. These include:
- Timing Belt Tensioner
- Idler Pully
- Water Pump
- Valve Cover Gasket
The recommended schedule for replacement varies by manufacturer and engine. As a rule of thumb, replace a timing belt after 96,000 km or 5 years. (some are as low as 35,000 km or as high as 170,000 km.)