When a timing belt breaks, the engine of the car stops working. Often, there is a loud clunking sound right before the timing belt breaks. It is impossible to drive a car with a broken timing belt because the belt regulates the movement of the crankshaft and the camshaft.Continue Reading
The timing belt is made out of reinforced cords with deep grooves that grip the crankshaft and the camshaft and keep each part turning at an appropriate speed. Without the regulation of timing, the pistons and valves collide. Often, when a timing belt breaks, the valves are bent or otherwise damaged.
When a timing belt is in need of repair, there is usually a constant, high-pitched noise when the car is running. Additionally, it becomes difficult to turn the wheels when the timing belt is worn. This is because the crankshaft converts the energy from the pistons, which move up and down rapidly to produce energy. The conversion of energy is partly responsible for the response when the wheels of a car are turned. If the timing belt has too much wear, the timing of the crankshaft is slightly off, which makes the wheels less responsive.
To avoid costly repairs due to a broken timing belt, the belt should be replaced every year or every 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.Learn more about Engine
To replace the car's timing belt, degrease the engine, drain the coolant, remove the old belt, insert a new belt in the place of the old one, replace the crankshaft seal with a new one and refill the coolant. For proper replacement instructions, refer to the owner's manual.Full Answer >
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Some common things to check when a car's engine does not turn over include the battery components, the timing belt, the fuel level and fuel injectors and to look for moisture inside the distributor cap. On vehicles with carburetors, check to make sure the choke is not stuck.Full Answer >
In order to repair a timing belt on a Honda engine, the valve cover, timing belt cover and several mechanical components have to be removed. Depending on the engine, some coolant hoses may have to be drained so they can be removed. After its replacement, the timing belt will also need to be adjusted to the ignition of the engine.Full Answer >