Most cars nowadays have Timing Belts and changing them is an absolute necessity. On average your cars Timing Belt should be changed every 80,000KM or every 4 years this can differ depending on different manufacturers.
Simply put the Timing Belt is a rubber toothed belt that keeps the top end of the engine timed with the bottom end. If the Belt brakes the top end of the engine stops but the pistons in the bottom end keep moving causing them to hit the valves in the top end causing major engine damage. The cost of repair to an engine with this damage can range from €750 – €1300
Even though the Timing Belt itself is simply just a rubber toothed belt replacing them can take between 2 and 4 hours. When replacing the Timing Belt it is also recommended to replace the pulleys that the Timing Belt rotates on, These would typically include the following:
- Tensioner – This is the part that keeps the timing belt tight so it can’t slip off
- Water pump – On most cars the Timing Belt runs the water pump, in these cases we would always recommend to replace the water pump .
Remember when getting estimates to have your timing belt replaced that it includes all these parts too.
What To Look Out For With Your Timing Belt?
Do All Cars Have Timing Belt
No, not all cars have timing belts, Some car manufacturers use a timing chain which generally never need to be replaced unless they get noisy. To find out if your car has a Timing Belt or a Timing chain Contact LN Motors where we will be happy to advise you.
Water Pump – Why Replace it?
Most Water pumps are driven by the Timing Belt and LN Motors would always recommend replacing it while we have all the engine stripped down.. It is not strictly necessary but given the importance of the job it is better off replacing it to save future problems and to save money on repeating the labour process in the future.