What is a Timing Belt?

Timing belts, also known as cambelts (timing chains for the engine with larger bores and strokes), are crucial to the inner-workings of internal combustion engines. It is vital that camshaft and crankshaft rotation stays in sync, which is what the timing belt is for—timing belts harmonize the camshaft with the crankshaft rotation. Valves control air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. Whether you’re driving a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or a used car, a healthy cambelt is absolutely necessary.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

First and foremost, waiting for a timing belt to break opens your engine up to more damage, which means more expensive repairs. A broken timing belt can cause valves and pistons to hit each other if they’re off sync, and repairs could be up to $2,000 or more if the valves, water pump, and pistons are damaged.

If no damage has occurred, Reading drivers can expect to pay around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs. How often should you change your timing belt? Manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. 

Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

What are the signs of a problem with your timing belt? Rubber belt or timing chain, it’s pretty easy to notice a problem when something is not right. If you notice any of the following red flags, reach out to the Outten CDJR service center ASAP…

  • The engine misfires
  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine won’t turn over
  • More smoke and fumes than normal
  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor

Get More Car Maintenance Tips from Outten CDJR in Hamburg!

Need to know more about replacing your timing belt? Need assistance with a new battery? Have questions about worn tire treads? Wondering if it’s time for an oil change? The Outten CDJR service department near Schuylkill Haven is always willing to lend their expert advice. And the parts center can quickly get any genuine parts ready for you—just order them online! We even have service specials to ensure you save as much money as possible.

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