The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons.
If your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working and typically will cause major engine damage. That’s why it’s important to have your timing belt regularly inspected. If the belt is loose or has slipped the valves could open at the wrong time and be struck by your engine’s pistons. Warning sounds include a slapping noise coming from your engine. This indicates a slipped belt.
During the inspection of your timing belt, Chris Car Repair technicians will look for cracks or stripping that indicate it’s time for belt replacement. Typically, timing belts should be replaced every 60,000 to 86,000 kilometers (or 50,000 to 60,000 thousand miles).
Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.
If your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, all of the engine parts it is powering will stop working and your engine could overheat and be damaged. Chris Car Repair technicians look for cracks, wear, and stripping to determine if your serpentine belt is in danger of failing. Like the timing belt, we recommend having your serpentine belt inspected every time you have your oil changed. Warning sounds include a screeching noise coming from your engine, especially during start-ups on cold mornings or on sharp turns.
Studies have shown that serpentine belts most often fail between 57,000 and 87,000 kilometers (or 36,000 to 50,000 miles). It’s recommended to change your serpentine belt before this mileage.