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What is a Timing Belt?

What is a timing belt? How much is a timing belt? These are both extremely common questions Woodway drivers ask our expert service specialists. Learn more about when to know if your car needs a new timing belt and how much it could cost you with Douglass Nissan of Waco.

What Is a Timing Belt?

Timing belts, also known as cambelts, play a critical role in how your internal combustion engine works. Timing belts operate by using your camshaft and crankshaft rotation to synchronize the movement of your valves and pistons so they can operate smoothly.

Valves control air-to-fuel mixture, as well as your exhaust gas. As combustion occurs, the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. Whether you drive a new Nissan or another model, a healthy cambelt is important.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

How much is a timing belt? It depends on a few factors. If your vehicle’s timing belt breaks and you have an interference engine, the valves won’t open and close at the correct time. This means they may collide with the pistons and the car will very likely need expensive repairs — up to $2,000+ if the valves, water pump, and pistons are damaged on top of the timing belt replacement cost.

If no damage has occurred, meaning if you have a non-interference engine or get it replaced before it breaks, then Hewitt drivers can expect to pay around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs. As a rule of thumb, most manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles.

Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

No matter if your car uses a rubber timing belt or a timing chain, it’s essential to replace it once you notice the signs. If you notice any of the following warning signs, be sure to schedule service at the Douglass Nissan of Waco service center near McGregor:

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

Timing Belts vs. Timing Chains: What’s the Difference?

Timing belts and timing chains perform the same tasks in essentially the same way. The major differences include they’re made of and where they’re located. Keep in mind, timing chains are constructed of metal, whereas timing belts are made of reinforced rubber.

Since they’re made of rubber and not metal, belts are a bit chains, and can be found on the outside of the engine. On the other hand, timing chains are found inside the engine and use engine oil to stay cool and lubricated. As of late, timing chains have become increasingly popular since they often last longer than timing belts on most applications.

Car Maintenance Tips and More from Douglass Nissan of Waco

Are you still wondering, “what is a timing belt anyway?” Our team at Douglass Nissan of Waco is ready to answer any questions you may still have. Contact us today! Always be sure to check out our service tips when you want to learn more.

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