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What is a Timing Belt?

closeup car timing belt in clean engine room

Timing belts – aka cambelts – are timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes. They play a significant role in how internal combustion engines work. They harmonize camshaft and crankshaft rotation, and if both of these are in sync, the valves and pistons will operate correctly. What does this mean? The valves work to control air and fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as the fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. It doesn’t matter if you drive a new Toyota vehicle, or another model, having a healthy cambelt is essential. 

How Much is a Timing Belt? 

When a timing belt breaks, the valves can’t open and shut at the right time. They will hit the pistons, and the car needs expensive repairs that will cost about $2,000 if the valves, water pump, and pistons were damaged. If the pistons were not damaged, then you can expect to pay around $500 to $1,000 in labor costs and parts. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. 

Signs a New Timing Belt is Needed

Whether it’s a timing chain or a rubber belt, you can easily spot a potential problem. Be sure to schedule a service appointment with the Valdosta Toyota service center when you notice any of these issues below:

  • Ticking noise coming from the engine 
  • The engine won’t turn over 
  • The engine acts up between 2,000 – 4,000 RPM 
  • The engine misfires 
  • More smoke and fumes than normal 
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor 

Get Maintenance Tips from Valdosta Toyota! 

For additional maintenance tips or if you have more questions about the timing belt, don’t hesitate to reach out to the service center. We’re standing by to answer any questions you have! Be sure to take a look at our service and parts specials so you can save on your next visit.

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