A timing belt is normally replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but replacement intervals vary between car manufacturers. Check the owner's manual or an online maintenance schedule for replacement interval rates for a specific vehicle.
Tips for replacing a timing belt include ensuring timing marks are properly aligned and checking to make certain belt tension has been correctly adjusted. Assembling all necessary tools and ensuring the engine is in good working condition should also be done before replacing a broken belt.
In order to replace the timing belt on a car the coolant needs to be drained, timing belt covers, alternator pulley, crankshaft pulley, valve cover and old belt all have to be removed. After that, the timing belt will need to be properly adjusted and timed so the engine does not become damaged.
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.
To replace a drive belt, also known as a serpentine belt, remove the old belt first by rotating the tensioner slowly. As the tensioner rotates, slide the belt off of the smooth pulleys, then as the tensioner fully releases, remove the old belt completely.
The average cost for replacing a timing belt depends on the make and model of the vehicle. According to CostHelper.com, the cost for passenger cars varies between $179 to $942, with an average cost of $449. A timing belt for an SUV or minivan costs between $502 to $950, with an average of $736.
A vehicle's timing belt controls the camshaft and crankshaft rotation, opening and closing the valves to smoothly operate the vehicle. It is so named as it turns the camshaft in sync timing with the crankshaft. On some engines, a timing belt failure causes catastrophic damage to the engine.
Signs that a fan belt needs to be replaced include noise and cracks or frays on the belt. An overabundance of pinholes or a belt that is physically loose are also reasons for replacement.
Drivers should replace timing belts on their vehicles every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. A vehicle's manual provides more specific information on when to replace the belt.
Tools needed to replace a timing belt in a vehicle vary among different models and include combination wrenches, a torque wrench, screwdrivers and a socket set. A jack, jack stands, a drain pan are handy in the replacement as well. A harmonic balancer installer, pulley puller and serpentine belt too