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

117 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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