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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt
Common signs include a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle, power steering and AC not working, engine overheating, and cracks on the belt.
How Long Does a Serpentine/Drive Belt Last?
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What Do the Belts on the Front of an Engine Do?
The accessory belt, which is located on the front of the engine, is an important part that controls the function of the vehicle. It may also be called the serpentine belt, which is a...
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How to Buy a Good Quality Drive Belt Tensioner
The drive belt – also known as a serpentine belt – keeps important components of your car’s accessory system running smoothly. The power steering, air conditioning, and sometimes even the water pump,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump Pulley
Common signs include physical damage to the water pump pulley, extensive wear on the water pump, grinding sounds, and the engine overheating.
How to Replace a Belt in Your Car
When your engine is running, it creates power that is used for more than just accelerating. The engine’s power turns a belt on the front of the engine that...
Why Timing Belts Have Teeth and How They Work
Timing belts are used in any number of mechanical devices, but you most often think of this type of toothed belt in connection with your car or truck, where it serves to drive...
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Timing Gears (Gear To Gear)
Common signs include rattling noises from the engine, a rough running or backfiring engine, and an engine that does not run.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Timing Belt
Common signs include a ticking noise coming from the engine, an engine that won't turn over, engine misfires, and oil leaking in front of the motor.
How to Buy a Good Quality Timing Belt
You car’s timing belt is a big part of what makes your car run smoothly. This belt is responsible for controlling the camshafts that are in the engine. It closes and opens...
How Long Does a Timing Belt Last?
The timing belt on your vehicle is responsible for coordinating the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft so the valves in your engine open and close at the right times, and...
How Long Do the Timing Gears Last?
The timing gears work with the timing belt and chains in the engine to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly. The gears are connected to the crankshaft at one end and the camshaft...
How to Check a Faulty Timing Belt Tensioner
The timing belt is a critical part of the automotive engine; if it breaks, it can cause some serious damage. The belt can break due to a number of...
How to Replace a Timing Belt
Timing belt replacements are a common automotive technician job. Find out how to replace the timing belt on a car with this step-by-step guide.
Why Timing Belt Replacements Can Be Tricky
Methods for changing a timing belt vary based on the type of belt. Service and maintenance should be done based on the manufacturer's recommendation.
How to Replace a Timing Cover
The timing cover protects the timing mechanism and has oil/coolant passages. If damaged, it should be replaced to prevent leaks and entry of debris.

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My 99gmc suburban backfires in the throttle body, won't start.
If you were getting a rattling noise in the lower front of the motor then you engine may have jumped timing. The timing chain may have been so worn that it jumped ignition timing between the crankshaft and camshaft. That...
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Apparently faulty fuel caused cambelt to slip and ruin valves
If you got contaminated fuel then you should take your fuel sample and receipt to where you got gas and show them the repair bill that states the damage their fuel has done. Getting contaminated fuel could be from too...
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cranks, but won't start.
If the vehicle was operating immediately prior to the repair work, and you suspect that the timing belt might be mispositioned, then yes valve timing would be the first thing to check. Once you verify the timing, if the starter...
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Loss of right secondary timing tension when warm 2005 Cadillac STS
Hi there - camshaft timing actuators utilize oil pressure to vary cam timing. They have oil seals that wear and cause loss of oil pressure as do other engine parts. Since these seals "leak" inside the engine, it is sometimes...
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Vauxhall insignia se nav 2.0 cdti - interference or non interference engine
Hi there. Yes the engine is an interference design. This means that if the timing belt breaks the pistons will contact the valve train when not in time. If the belt has broken, I recommend testing the cylinder head and...
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no compression and cam sensor fault
In your circumstance, two possible causes of no cylinder compression are a broken timing belt or a faulty head gasket. Replacing a timing belt is a fairly common repair. Replacing a head gasket is somewhat involved, and will have more...
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1992 Acura Legend, when the timing belt goes, is it common for the valves to bend?
If the timing belt break off, the engine's pistons will hit the valves as the pistons are moving. The engine is an interference engine and can cause damage to the internals of the engine. The last time the belt came...
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What are the chances of my 1.2 i10 hyundai engine valves to be damaged after a timing belt breaks while driving
The Hyundai 1.2 litre motor is an interference motor and the engine is most likely going to bend the valves if the timing belt breaks when the engine is running.
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If a repair shop tells me I need a timing belt kit for my 2002 Kia optima and after that replacement then they have to do a compre
The recommended replacement interval for your vehicles' timing belt is every 60,000 miles. A compression test is typically only done when there is an issue with the vehicle, and it is suspected that there is an engine issue. I don't...
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Timing chain needs to be replaced. Is it worth the risk? 2007 Toyota Prius
Hello - timing chains performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.
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Crankshaft not spinning freely 1997 Ford Ranger
Hi there - this engine is allegedly NOT an interference engine. Translation - if the timing belt breaks, or isn't present, it should not be possible for the valves to contact the pistons, and cause a lack of rotation as...
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Timing belt stripped teeth,I changed the belt, pullyes and water pump now it doesn't fire
Since the timing belt stripped off the teeth of the belt then the camshaft and crankshaft got out of time and this is an interference engine. This means that you most likely bent the valves when the timing belt teeth...
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Is it time to replace the timing belt?
The reason a time interval is stated alongside a mileage interval is because the rubber component of the timing belt deteriorates with age regardless of whether the belt is used or not. In fact, in a recent case I dealt...
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My timing belt is going out is it worth getting it fixed or buying a new car
The 3.5 l motor in this vehicle is an interference motor and if your timing belt has jumped timing then you may have bent a valve in the engine causing the loss of power. A timing belt does not just...
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time belt
If you have the 1.5L Ralliart engine (150 HP), you have a timing belt. Colt timing belts should be changed every five years or 75,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you desire that the belt and associated components be replaced...
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I have 01 Hyundai xg 300 and I think its leaking oil by the water way to fast. It started smoking by the front passenger side by the belt.
Check the engine valve cover, the engine oil cooler lines, and the front crankshaft seal. Look to see where the engine oil is leaking from and see if the part is serviceable or not. If the front engine crankshaft seal...
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timing belt
Timing belts are not generally condemned and replaced on the basis of visual "inspections". Rather, vehicle manufacturers set forth specific replacement schedules, based on both elapsed time and engine mileage, and the belt is simply replaced "on schedule". This is...
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Timing belt condition
The timing belt on the 2003 Accord is good for 90,000 miles. That implies that if the belt was previously replaced as required, you have 43,000 miles on the present belt. The only way to determine the age of the...
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P0300 & p1133
Inasmuch as the car was running fine before the work was done, the likeliest explanation is that the timing was belt was installed out of position, that is one tooth off. Such will cause the engine to run very badly,...
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new timing chain
Hello, and thank you for writing in. GM states that 3/8 in of play is normal. This does not mean that you should not double check that the bolts are tightened to specification, and that the installation was done perfectly....

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