Timing Belt Replacement

Here are 8 signs that your timing belt needs replacement #SmokeBreak

Randburg Midas stock a full range of timing belts and timing chains.

Because of the costly nature of timing belt replacement many car owners can be reluctant to get it replaced at the appropriate time. A recent study found that one out of five vehicles needs a new belt, which is crazy when there are 15+ million cars on South Africa’s roads. Unfortunately this neglect could bring on more costly damages to your engine and components, and when the timing belt does fail you’ll be left stranded as your vehicle cannot operate without it.

It is always better to be preventative rather than reactive so here are a few things your mechanic will look out for.

  1. Material Loss

Belt wear is just like tyre wear, as you lose grip you lose traction, which makes the timing belt slip. This is more likely to happen during high load use (pulling a trailer/caravan) or in wet weather.

  1. Belt Abrasion

This normally occurs when there is a tensioner or pulley misalignment, excessive heat or bearing failure. Your mechanic will notice the belt’s edges have been worn down to the filaments inside.

  1. Cracking

This sign of wear is self-explanatory. Your mechanic will inspect both the topside and underside (rib cross-section); if your vehicle has a neoprene timing belt and there are a lot of cracks this can indicate excessive wear, which needs to be attended to ASAP.

  1. Glazing

Glazing is when the timing belt has a shiny or glossy appearance on the underside, which means the belt has gone stiff and isn’t providing the flexibility needed. Your mechanic will check this by trying to put an indent into the surface of the belt. If it doesn’t leave a mark the belt needs replacing.

  1. Pilling

As the timing belt ages the material it loses can build up loosely in the rib cross-sections. This can cause belt noise and excess vibration. Your mechanic will also check the accessory brake pulleys for further material build up as they may also need to be changed.

  1. Hydroplaning

This occurs when water cannot be dispersed away from the warn belt and pulleys. The belt then hydroplanes on water between the belt and pulleys, which results in a loss of power to engine accessories.

  1. Elongation

Material loss can also change the effective length of the belt, moving the tensioner beyond its take-up limit. This will reduce overall tension and thus overall performance.

  1. Misalignment

This type of wear will indicate to your mechanic that the tensioner’s internal components may have failed. If the tensioner fails it will result in a high level of noise, vibration and produce excessive heat.

When it’s Time for a Timing Belt Replacement

Ask your mechanic what types of timing belts are available. A neoprene belt’s life expectancy is around 80,000 to 100,000 km and as they wear cracks will occur.

Remember: Timing belt replacement isn’t an option… it’s an essential part of properly maintaining your vehicle.

Source: www.motoringabout.com

76 Comments

  1. How much are tming belts and tensioners for a vw polo 1.380 petrol car?

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  2. Cost of timing belt kit with and without waterpump for a 2010 VW Amarok 2.0 BiTdi 120kw

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    • KIT W/OUT WATER PUMP @ R4361.00
      KIT WITH WATER PUMP @ R5318.00

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  3. Hi
    How much is the price for a tensioner belt for a vw polo 1.4 comfortline 2013 model.

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  4. Dear Sir/ Madam

    Is it possible to confirm prizing for Serpentine Belt for Nissan XTrail Q20 2005 model.

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  5. Hi,how much is a timing belt with\without tensioners for a 2004 Citroen c2?

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  6. Please send me a quotation for a 2002 Toyota Tazz 130 Timing belt,gasket set,oil rings and bearings.

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  7. Good day how much is a mazda 6 timing belt chain if you keep stock. Its a 2006 model.

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  8. How much is it to service my Cam Belt on my Audi A3 Tfsi 2012?

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      • How much will 2003 Bmw e46 318I facelift cam belt cost me,it’s starting to make this funny sound,I sense it’s wearing out.

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  9. Hi,

    how much will it cost to replace the Cambelt on my 2012 1.6 Ford fiesta Titanium?

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  10. Hi how much are timing belts and and tensioners for a 2004 Citroen c2?Please send me the quotation.

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  11. Hi
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  12. Hi there,

    How much will it cost to change the timing belt for ford fiesta 1.4 ambient 2013

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    • Hi Rachel.

      Could you please share the response?

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  13. How much is a cambelt kit including ribbed belt and tensioner?

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  14. I would like to know the cost for cam belt and v belt for a Ford Figo 1.4 petrol.

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    I would like to know the price of serpentine belt. I am driving audi a3 2010 TFSI. Engen code is :CDA.

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  16. Hi. I would like to know the price of a Cambelt for a Ford Figo 1.4 petrol?

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      • Hi please provide a price for cambelt for 2010 Ford figo 1.4

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  18. Please quote me on a Ford Figo 1.4 petrol 2012 Tension Belt

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  19. Hi Guys. i need the price for a cambelt kit & tensioner for a golf MK5 1.9 TDI?

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  20. Hi. We require a tensioner for a 2009 kia sportage 2.0lt petrol(G4GC). How much is it please?
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  21. I need to know the price of a new cambelt for Renault Clio 2006.

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  22. Hi, what’s the cost of cambelt for 2012 ford fiesta 1.6, thanks.

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      • Good day, Can you please qoute me on the price for a cam belt ford fiesta 2011 model. and how much will it cost if you guys replace it for me .

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  23. Hi there

    What is the price for a cambelt for Toyota Corolla 1.8l 2008 model. Also, please advise on how to know when to replace a cambelt.

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  24. How much is a timing belt fro a 2012 Ford Fiesta 1.4

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  25. Good Day, what would you charge for a timing belt for a Ford Fiesta Ambiente 1.6i 2007 model? I have recently purchased the vehicle and my mechanic has advised that it is missing a “tooth”
    Thank You

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  26. Hi I need to know how much is the Renault Clio 2 model 2003 1.6V timing belt cost?

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  28. I would like to know how much will it coast for a timing belt service for my Toyota Solara 2007

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  29. Hi,

    I just want to find out how much it can cost me for a VW Cross Polo 1.6 TDI 2013 Model, to make a replacement for a Cambelt kit.

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  30. Please could you quote me on a cam belt for a Chev Aveo 2013 1.6

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  31. How much is a belt drive tensioner with waterpump and without waterpump for 2008 Ford Focus 1.6?

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  32. Hi how much is Cambelt for 2007 ford fiesta 1.4 petrol,

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  33. Hello, can someone advice me where can find a good ration between price/quality in western cape? it is crucial for my renault megane and i don’t seem to find any good garage (certified and with good mechanics and not astronomic prices)…thank you

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  34. How much for a 2008 1.6 Ford Focus serpentine belt tensioner?

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