Some cars break down without you even knowing why. For one thing, the failure of the timing belt causes this. To prevent a serious damage on the car, one should know when to replace it. This can be done by getting familiar with the timing belt, its functions, and knowing when there is something wrong with it. Knowledge about the symptoms of timing belt will save you from the hassles of being stuck in the middle of the road as the car breaks down.
Let’s start by defining timing belt. It is a chain which is part of the car’s internal combustion engine. Its role is to connect a crankshaft to a camshaft which controls the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. A non-functioning timing belt will cause the engine’s pistons to stop functioning as well which leads to the car’s inability to run. An overused timing belt will no longer be able to perform its functions, thus, it needs to be replaced.
Timing belts are replaced after its suggested number of miles is reached. But if you haven’t kept track of the miles you have run with your car, there are symptoms to look out for so you would know when to replace the timing belt. Here are the following:
- The car’s engine experience too much vibration making the whole car shake
- It starts belching out more exhaust than usual
- If you face trouble in starting your car and hear awkward noises when doing so
Other cars display more symptoms than others like emitting excess smoke. But if one of these symptoms occur in your car, it is better to consult a mechanic. It most probably indicates that timing belt should be replaced or if not, there really is something wrong with your car.