How Often Should A Timing Belt Be Replaced?
19 Jul, 2022 posted by Daniel
Timing belts can last anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 miles or more before needing to be replaced. However, because timing belts are so important for the operation of your engine, it’s important to make sure they’re replaced at the right time. In this article, we’ll take a look at when you should replace your timing belt and what factors will affect when that time is.
What Is A Timing Belt?
A timing belt is a type of belt that helps to ensure that a car’s engine runs at the correct speed. Timing belts can often be replaced as a regular part of maintenance, and should be inspected and replaced if they show any signs of wear or damage.
When Should A Timing Belt Be Replaced?
If the engine is running, the timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles.
How To Replace A Timing Belt
A timing belt is a critical component of your engine and should be replaced at the recommended intervals by your mechanic. A timing belt can last up to 100,000 miles and is essential for safe and proper engine operation. Here are some tips on how to replace a timing belt:
- Park your car in a secure location. Make sure there is no danger of rolling or becoming stuck while you’re working on the car.
- Remove the front wheel covers. Then remove the four bolts that hold the cover on. Lift the cover off.
- Remove the four bolts that hold the cover on the rear of the engine. This will expose the timing chain cover. Lift off the cover.
- Remove the eight bolts that hold the camshaft cover on. There are two along each side of the engine and four in the middle. Withdraw these bolts and lift off the cover.
- Disconnect both ignition coils by removing their plug wires. You will also need to remove two screws from beneath the coil cap, then pull out coil assembly. Now you can gently tug on both leads to disconnect them.
- Remove the crankshaft pulley by unscrewing its four bolts. Now pull it out from the engine.
- Place a new timing belt on the engine and make sure it is properly fitted. Align it to the marks on the camshaft cover and crankshaft pulley. Replace the bolts and torque them to 18 foot-pounds (24 Nm).
- Install the crankshaft pulley, cover and screws. Replace the ignition coils and plug wires. Replace the front wheel covers and remove any debris that may have collected during removal.
What To Do If The Timing Belt Fails
If your car has a timing belt, it should be replaced every 60,000 miles. If the belt fails, it can cause serious damage to your engine. Get your timing belt replaced as soon as possible if it starts making unusual noises or if the engine starts to die when you start it.
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