San Carlos Timing Belt Repair & Service:
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WHAT IS THE TIMING BELT?All vehicles with an internal combustion engine, meaning most engine types besides electric, are equipped with a timing belt. The purpose of this belt is to time the engine so valves, pistons and other internal parts move in unison. Failure to replace a worn timing belt can result in a stranded vehicle or, worse, a damaged engine. The owner's manual maintenance schedule is the source of timing belt replacement intervals, typically every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Below is a picture of worn/cracking timing belt (Fig A). The picture next to it shows a timing belt aligned and timing the engine properly (Fig B). In Figure B, we see one of the more common failures starting to occur. The timing belt has cracks on the other side, as well. These cracks in the timing belt usually occur where the teeth extend from the timing belt. The teeth on a vehicles timing belt have been known to shred off the belt at these cracks causing serious damage to the motor.
When a timing belt breaks it can cause internal engine damage. Think "exploratory surgery" to find the damage a broken timing belt has caused. The picture below shows what happens when a timing belt breaks from age or excessive mileage. To access the valve and piston the engine had to be removed and separated. A broken belt will typically bend valves and in some cases even drive a valve through the piston (Fig c.) & (Fig d.)