Today we’re talking about timing belts: what
they are, the inspection process and how much roughly it will cost you to have your timing
belt replaced. The timing belt is a major component of the
modern combustion engine. It keeps the camshaft and crankshaft timing
in check, to make sure your engine’s running at maximum performance. It’s usually made of rubber and composite
material and is located behind protective plastic cover on the front of the engine. Manufacturer’s specify specific intervals
to have the timing belt, and associated components replaced. And if you fail to do so can cause catastrophic
engine damage. To find out if your timing belt requires replacing,
you�ll need to have your vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic. The mechanic will run the engine, listen for
any abnormal noises and check under the vehicle for any leaks. And then remove the top timing belt cover
to inspect the timing belt and any other components. If the timing belt requires replacing, the
mechanic will: Remove accessories to gain access to the timing belt covers; remove and
clean the covers, remove the timing belt, tensioner and idler pulleys; inspect and replace
the water pump (if required); replace the timing belt, tensioners and idler pulleys;
reinstall all removed components; and run the engine to ensure correct operation, topping
up and bleeding the cooling system if the water pump was replaced. A lot of you may be wondering why it costs
so much to have your timing belt replaced. It is a major undertaking requiring removal
of a lot of engine components. The cost to have your timing belt replaced
depends on what type of vehicle you have and whether you’re replacing just the timing belt
or using a full kit. Prices usually start around five hundred dollars
and can increase to eight hundred dollars plus. On some vehicles, the water pump runs off
the timing belt. On these vehicles it is a good idea to inspect
and replace the water pump while you’re replacing the timing belt. Doing so will save you a lot of money in labour
and expensive repairs further on down the track. It is best to have a fully qualified mechanic
carry out any inspections or replacements of your timing belt. Visit autoguru.com.au to find a trusted, local
mechanic today.