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How Much it Costs When You Ignore Basic Car Care
Car maintenance like oil changes, brake service, and tire care save money when done on time. Ignoring oil changes can cost you thousands of dollars.
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?
Car serpentine belts power multiple parts like the power steering pump and air conditioning. A broken engine belt can cause damage to components.
How to Buy a Good Quality Serpentine/Drive Belt
Serpentine belts are one of those odd components that just help everything else inside the vehicle hang together and just work by helping everything else become synchronized. The serpentine drive belt connects...
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...
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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Crankshaft will turn about 170 degrees then it hits something solid. What could it be
The problem sounds like you have a piston hitting a valve. You will need to try and put the number one piston on top dead center on it compression stroke and check camshaft timing to see if it is in...
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timing belt adjustment
If this engine has not ran for 5 years and you see it has a new timing belt but will not start you may have a problem where the engine has no compression. If the past timing belt broke then...
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Hello I have a lancer and it just shut off on me driving on the freeway..sounds like its just winding like if there's no belt on i
A possibility is a broken timing belt but there are other common possibilities such as an engine sensor failure, ignition switch failure, fuel pump failure and so forth. The good news is you do not have an intermittent problem but...
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I need my timing belt replaced for my 2011 Chevy Aveo and I was wondering if it's also necessary to replace the water pump? Someon
The timing belt should be changed at 100,000 miles. If the water pump is driven by the timing belt, the pump absolutely should be changed when you change the timing belt. Indeed, aftermarket timing belt kits include the water pump,...
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Should I still drive my car with a bad timing belt
In your application, which is referred to as an "interference engine", once it known that the timing belt is defective in any respect, it is recommended that you do not operate the engine at all until the belt is replaced....
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Squealing
Hello, thank you for writing in. If any of your belts are bad or about you break you want to be careful driving. Breaking down makes you an easy target for negligent drivers and is dangerous. The timing belt breaking...
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Cost to replace timing belt
It takes roughly 3 hours to replace the timing belt on the Civic but the labor might be higher if you have power steering, top mount AC and/or the twin cam version of the Civic engine. It is recommended that...
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Joshua, I have a '02 Acura MDX with about 90K miles. It has always been garaged (since 2003). It's probably time to change the m
Since all the belts need to be removed to get to the timing belt I would recommend all accessory belts be replaced also. I would also recommend replacing the water pump and thermostat at the same time since the water...
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Do I have to remove timing chains to replace my water pump on a 2006 dodge magnum 2.7l
Yes, and for a professional to perform this repair requires 4 to 6 hours. The primary timing chain must be removed and of course that means the timing cover has to come off. There is lots of disassembly and the...
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If a timing chain isnt put on right can that stop the car from starting ?
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct. If the timing belt is broken, installed wrong, or the engine is off time for any reason, the vehicle may not start. If you have had recent repairs made to the...
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Gas fuelled car starts chugs/makes a noise and turns off, might be the solenoid?
The first thing to do is to have the computer scanned for codes. Then check to see if the engine is getting good fuel pressure and has good spark. If you have no fuel or spark then the fuel pump...
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Does timing belt replacement also include timing cover gasket replacement?
Hello Sal, the timing cover gasket would be replaced and included in the estimate with the timing belt. There may be a timing belt kit available which would include coolant pump, gaskets and drive pulleys. Another recommendation would to replace...
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2011 Kia optima engine locked up, what could it be? Vehicle stopped
You do not have a timing belt but a timing chain. If the engine overheated or ran low on oil then this may have seized the motor. You will need to have the engine turned by crankshaft to see if...
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Not Sure
Hello, thank you for writing in. To start, treat these issues separately. Typically, the only way timing can cause overheating is if the it is retarded heavily. You want to look into the overheating issue first and as its own...
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2004 acura mdx timing belt service: what components do you recommend replacing
Hello, thank you for writing in. When changing the timing belt, it is often recommended to change the water pump, chain tensioner, and the gaskets involved with accessing the timing chain. The price is vary greatly depending on what kind...
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How do I remove the front top timing belt cover on my 2000 dodge stratus 2.4L. There's not enough clearance to get the cover out.
TIMING BELT REMOVAL & INSTALLATION REMOVAL Raise vehicle on hoist and remove right front wheel. Remove right inner splash panel. Remove accessory drive belts. Remove crankshaft vibration damper. Remove generator drive belt idler pulley. Remove lower timing belt cover. Remove...
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2006 Toyota Camry wont start after overheating due to missing radiator cap.
Sounds like the water pump went bad and broke the timing belt and now the engine will not start. Have the engine timing checked and the water pump to see if it is broken.
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Does the 1.6 liter 2011 Kia Soul need a timing belt replaced at 90K miles? It only talks about the 2.0 liter model in the manual.
Check the front of the engine for the timing cover. If the cover is aluminum, then your engine has a timing chain and not a belt. The 1.6L Soul engines are equipped with a timing chain after 2010. However, if...
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I'm buying 2000 bmw 323I Auto. After how many miles should the timing belt be changed?
Hi there. First you would need to check the vehicle's maintenance log and see if the timing belt has been changed before. If the original timing belt is on the vehicle, then I suggest replacing it as soon as you...
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My car stopped accelerating while driving and turned off.. lights and everything else would work but car wouldn't turn on 2002 Acura MDX
Hi there - there are 2 failures in particular that are likely candidates at your mileage level - a failed timing belt, and a fuel pump malfunction. If you don't hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds when...

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