The timing belt (gas distribution mechanism) is an important part of the engine that controls the operation of valves and pistons. It is the main element on which the correct functioning of the engine depends. However, the timing belt is subject to wear and should be replaced as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. In this article, we will consider when it is necessary to change the timing belt, its service life, replacement steps, and other features.
When is it time to change the timing belt?
There are certain signs by which you can determine the need to replace the timing belt. First, you should pay attention to the mileage of the car indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions. In most cases, it is recommended to change the timing belt every 60,000 km. However, if there are increased loads in the operating conditions of the car (for example, regular city traffic), then the recommendations may be different.
Secondly, you should pay attention to the visual condition of the timing belt. If it shows cracks, wear, delamination or other damage, the belt must be replaced.
The consequences of a broken timing belt
A broken timing belt is a serious problem that can lead to engine failure. If the timing belt breaks, the valves can collide with the pistons, causing severe engine damage and costly repairs.
As mentioned above, the life of the timing belt depends on many factors, including the operating conditions of the car and the recommendations of the manufacturer. In most cases, it is recommended to change the timing belt every 60,000 km, however, it is imperative to check its condition and monitor its visual condition.
Stages of Replacement
Replacing a timing belt is a complex procedure that requires certain knowledge and experience. Therefore, if you do not have the necessary skills and experience, it is better to turn to specialists. However, if you still decide to replace the timing belt yourself, you should follow the following steps:
- Before starting work, it is necessary to disconnect the battery, remove the engine cover and remove the engine lining.
- Checking the position of the crankshaft. Check that the position of the crankshaft is in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Removing the old belt. Remove the old timing belt using special tools and following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Checking and replacing other parts. In the process of replacing the timing belt, it is also necessary to check and replace other parts such as the tension roller, tension roller, water pump, etc.
- Installing a new belt. Install a new timing belt following the manufacturer’s recommendations and using the special tools.
- Checking and setting. After installing a new timing belt, you should check the correct installation and adjust it using special tools.
Replacing the timing belt is an important procedure that requires certain recommendations and knowledge to be followed. If you are not confident in your skills, it is better to contact specialists. However, if you still decide to replace the timing belt yourself, you should follow all the manufacturer’s recommendations and use special tools. Remember that the correct functioning of the timing belt is the key to the reliability of your car and your safety on the road.