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Replace a timing belt

What is a timing belt? A timing belt runs between the crankshaft and the camshaft on an overhead cam engine and rotates the camshaft(s) in time with the crankshaft. The belt incorporates cogs that mate with grooved crankshaft and camshaft pulleys. The belt is made from a rubber-like substance and reinforced with fiberglass strands. The timing belt wraps around several smooth idler roller and in some engine designs also drives the engine’s water pump and oil pump. The belt is properly tensioned with a mechanical or hydraulic (oil pressure driven) tensioning device. Timing belt history In older overhead valve style engines, the camshaft … Read More

When to replace your timing belt

Why you must replace your timing belt on schedule If your engine is an overhead cam design it most likely uses a timing belt to rotate the camshafts. Timing belts don’t last forever and you must replace your timing belt according the car maker’s maintenance schedule. Replacement intervals vary by car maker and engine style, but can last from as little as 60,000 miles to as long as 110,000 miles. When to replace a timing belt Replace a timing belt when: • You reach the replacement interval listed in the … Read More

Timing Belt

The timing belt has cogs that engage with slots on the crankshaft gear and camshaft gears to time the valve opening to the piston movements Read More

Serpentine Belt Diagrams

How to find a Serpentine Belt Diagram If you’re here, I assume you’ve lost the under-hood belt Serpentine Belt Diagrams routing diagram. No problem. Go to this site: Dayco Belt Routing Guide. Enter the make, model, year, and engine size of your vehicle. Then click on “routing.”   © 2012 Rick Muscoplat

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