What is a Timing Belt?

October 16th, 2018 by

Auto Timing Belt

Timing belts are thin material that holds together and synchronize the camshaft and crankshaft rotations. Timing belts are also known as cambelts (timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes) and play a crucial role in how internal combustion engines work. Timing belts ensure that both the camshaft and crankshaft are rotating in sync, so that the valves and pistons can operate properly. Engine valves control the air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust gas and push the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. Some cars may have a rubber belt or a timing chain. Whether you drive a new Toyota or another model, a healthy timing is a necessity for safe driving and engine maintenance.


How Much Does A Timing Belt Cost?

If a timing belt breaks, the valves won’t open and close at the correct time. They’ll hit the pistons and the car will need expensive repairs—up to $2,000+ if the valves, water pump, and pistons were damaged. If no damage has occurred, Mission Hills drivers can expect to pay around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles.


Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Whether your car has a rubber belt or timing chain, it’s easy to tell when there’s a problem. If you notice any of the following red flags, schedule car repair at Toyota of Downtown LA’s service center near Cerritos:

  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine won’t turn over
  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • The engine misfires
  • More smoke and fumes than normal
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor


What’s the Difference Between a Timing Belt and a Serpentine Belt?

A serpentine belt is different from a timing belt. A serpentine belt an important part of your vehicle’s engine block, powering your alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and more, whereas a timing belt helps your car’s crankshaft and camshaft stay in sync. 


Schedule Service To Replace Your Timing Belt In Los Angeles

Do you have more questions about replacing a timing belt, or what to do about a broken timing belt? Our reliable mechanics can repair your timing belts quickly and thoroughly. Contact us at Toyota of Downtown LA! You’re also welcome to visit us near West Hollywood and Huntington Park. For genuine Toyota parts at great prices, be sure to check out our latest parts specials!

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