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! 

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