Timing Belt & Kits
Did you know that in order to keep the internal combustion engine of your car running smoothly, a quality Timing Belt Kit is required? In fact your vehicle will even stop working in case the Timing Belt Kit gets failed. A timing belt kit typically contains a timing belt, tensioners, pulleys and idlers. To ensure protection from any external impact and also from dirt and dust, the engine timing mechanism is mostly placed inside a metal or plastic cover.
A timing belt is, basically, a synthetic rubber strap which is made of the reinforced rubber. It connects a crankshaft with a camshaft to keep your car’s engine valves opening and closing jointly with the movement of the pistons. The timing belt contains fibre strands for strength and comes equipped with teeth on the inner surface. The teeth fit into the grooves on the end of the camshaft and crankshaft to prevent any slipping. The timing belt is located at the front of the vehicle’s engine. Being responsible for maintaining the precision level that is crucial to your car engine’s functions, the timing belt ensures that the camshaft spins at exactly half the speed of the crankshaft. It allows the camshaft to operate the intake and exhaust valves in perfect synchronisation with the motion of your vehicle’s pistons.
Moving to the other components of a Timing Belt Kit; a Tensioner is a spring-loaded jockey pulley whose role is to take out any undesirable slack from the timing belt. It maintains the correct level of tension on the timing belt and keeps it moving in perfect synchronisation with the other parts of the car’s engine. A Pulley is required to guide the timing belt by routing around other car parts. The Pulley turns the tensioner to keep the timing belt tight and ensure its correct operation.
Although the timing belts are constructed of highly enduring, temperature-resistant materials, with the passage of time they are likely to give way to wear & tear. Stripped teeth and splitting of the fibre cores are the two most common failure modes which cause the timing belts to malfunction. Whether the belt snaps or a couple of teeth strip, the end result is the same but the peculiar thing that needs to be kept in mind here, is that unlike many car parts which gradually lose function as they wear out, a timing belt can simply snap and get failed.
The timing belt may give some warning signs before it completely breaks down – a shaking car, engine facing trouble in getting started, engine getting vibrated or shutting off while driving – these all could indicate that it’s time to replace the timing belt. Through a simple visual inspection you can easily find out the presence of any fraying, discoloration, deep cracks, worn out teeth, and chips on the engine timing belt’s surface.
The lifespan of the timing belt can get shortened due to pulley misalignment and engine leaks too. Usual lifespan of the timing belt differs according to your car and its engine configuration; however, the timing belt would normally require a change between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
All the components of a Timing Belt Kit – the Tensioners, Pulleys and Idlers, make use of bearings. Being susceptible to wear or failure over time, they can ultimately cause the timing belt to stop working. The Timing Belt Kit comes very useful for avoiding such a situation, by facilitating replacement of all the necessary parts simultaneously.