What Is a Timing Belt?

Timing Belt

Many Round Rock drivers getting to know their new vehicle may have read about timing belts and wanted to know more. A timing belt is an essential component of any combustion engine, as it ensures your valves and pistons are operating properly. Nyle Maxwell GMC covers timing belt information below!



What is Timing Belt?: Timing Belt Facts 

In a combustion engine, the camshaft and the crankshaft are two vital components that need to be harmonized. The timing belt accomplishes this task, meaning that the valves can push the pistons down properly and ignite the engine. There are two kinds of timing belts: 

  • Rubber Belts: The timing belt is usually a belt made of reinforced rubber. 
  • Timing Chains: Timing chains are made with metal. Chains are historically noisier than timing belts, but recent timing chain designs have made them more quiet. 

How To Sense Problems with Your Timing Belt

If you’re driving in Cedar Park or Austin and your timing belt isn’t operating properly, you’ll be able to notice. Schedule service if you’re experiencing some of these problems: 

  • Engine misfiring
  • Engine makes a ticking noise
  • Problems when you’re between 2000-4000 RPM
  • Fumes and smoke emitting from engine
  • Front of motor is leaking oil 

How Much is a Timing Belt? 

As any Pflugerville parts center will tell you, manufacturers tend to recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000-100,000 miles. But how much is a timing belt? If you’re taking your car in for regular maintenance and catching problems before they start, it can make a real difference: 

  • How much is a timing belt if your belt breaks? If your timing belt breaks, it can cause extensive damage that can end with a steep bill, higher than $2,000. 
  • How much is a timing belt replacement? A timing belt replacement can cost $500-1000 dollars of combined parts and labor costs if there’s no damage to the vehicle. 

Find Service and Service Tips at Nyle Maxwell GMC

At Nyle Maxwell GMC, we want drivers to find great deals on cars and keep them in great shape. Consult our service or parts tips for more useful information, and make sure to 

contact us with all of your car maintenance questions! 

More from Nyle Maxwell GMC

  • 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Trim Levels

    Shopping for a 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, but you can’t settle on which trim you should get? Our team at Nyle Maxwell GMC can help you out! We will walk you through each of the GMC Sierra configurations, including its starting price and highlights, so you can have a better idea of how they differ from one…

  • 2021 GMC Yukon Towing Capacity

    How much can the GMC Yukon tow? Great question! The 2021 GMC Yukon towing capacity allows Pflugerville drivers to haul up to a maximum of 8,400 pounds. You will be hard-pressed to find another full-size SUV that offers extraordinary performance and design components. No matter what you tow with your GMC Yukon, you will be…

  • 2021 GMC Terrain Interior

    If you’re looking for your next GMC SUV and prioritize luxury, tech, safety features, and various trim levels, the 2021 GMC Terrain should be on your radar. The Terrain offers plenty of cargo room, allowing you to carry loads that are up to 8 feet long. It is filled with the latest in smartphone integration…


Saved Vehicles

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this Save icon

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

Saved Vehicles

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this Save icon

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Nyle Maxwell GMC 30.5424, -97.6937.