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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?
In order to operate, your car needs more than just a working engine and transmission. The “accessories” attached to the engine aren’t really optional. For instance, you need the alternator to...
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...
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 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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Timing chain positioning
This system is a bit complex. I can give you some instructions, but I highly recommend getting a hold of a repair manual or purchasing a yearly subscription for just your vehicle from AllData. It is only $25 for a...
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When is timing belt recommended to be replaced?
The timing belt should be replaced every 90,000 miles on the 4.7 liter motor. If the timing belt breaks on this engine you may damage the valves and pistons of the engine since it is an interference motor. The timing...
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Can I replace my pump myself
The water pump requires the replacement of the timing belt at the same time as the water pump is replaced due to coolant leaking onto the timing belt may cause damage to the belt and cause premature belt failure if...
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Car died would not start again and makes a loud screeching sound. Could it be the timing belt?
Hi there. Check the drive belt to the vehicle. The drive belt is making the squealing noise on startup. If the timing belt broke, there would be no squealing noise, either a binding noise as the engine locks the pistons...
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Is there a global way for replacing timing belt for all cars?
Hey there. While there are many similarities for some cars in terms of replacement and assembly procedures for various components, there is not a "global book" or one-size-fits-all approach to the majority of work (including timing belts). There may be...
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Is $450 reasonable for a timing belt replacement? I have a 2009 Hyundai Elantra.
Hi there. The average cost for a timing Belt replacement is between $259 and $350. This is determined on how the timing belt is replaced and if there are any other issues when removing the timing belt. The thing to...
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When should I change the timing belt?
It's recommended by Volkswagen to have the timing belt replaced at least every 100,000 miles. If this hasn't been done yet on your vehicle to your knowledge, with 136,000 on the vehicle, it's probably due. This job can be rather...
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Damaged timing belt
When a timing belt fails on an interference engine causing valve train damage, there is generally a noticeable amount of noise and destruction that happens. As you may know, the timing belt helps to keep ignition timing and fuel timing...
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At what mileage should a 2013 Chevy Sonic timing belt be replaced?
Hi there - the "simplified maintenance guide" from Chevy directs you to replace the timing belt, idler pulleys, tensioner and guides on your 1.8 liter engine "every 3 years or at 97,500 miles, whichever comes first". Most manufacturers do not...
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Timing belt nightmare
Hi. It sounds like the engine timing is not properly set causing the car to run rough. If the timing of the engine is off by one or two degrees it will run rough and have a lack of power...
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Engine is possibly ceased up.
Hi there. If you are able to crank the engine over and the engine does turn over, then the engine is not seized up. However, if the engine hesitates as its turning over, then the timing belt may have either...
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Should I replace the timing belt?
Your engines timing belt is recommended to be replaced every 90,000 miles. If you cannot find proof that the timing belt was replaced at 90,000 miles then I would recommend timing belt be replaced. This engine is an interference motor...
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Doesn't restart after water pump replacement.
I'm afraid that you may have a problem with your timing belt. The big toothed belt that drives the water pump also drives the camshafts. If this belt fails during operation, you can have some pretty serious engine damage. For...
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Do I need to replace timing belt now?
Hi there. Originally, manufacturers recommended timing belt service interval be done at 60,000 miles. Since then, mileage intervals have increased. Time is working against you on this one, being a 1999. Depending on the environment, timing belt replacement is recommended...
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My car won't idle - 2002 GMC Savana 2500
If the engine is backfiring, there is something wrong with the ignition timing. You may have to go back and make sure the mechanical timing is correct at the timing chain and then do the ignition timing over again; it's...
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Timing belt issue - 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT
Hi there - you don't mention if you replaced the timing belt as preventative maintenance (a good thing!) or if the timing belt failed, requiring replacement (a bad thing). If it is the latter, you may have valve damage that...
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Stuck and confused need help 2002 BMW X5 4.4l
Hello - the P0011 problem code is most likely caused by worn timing chain guides, stretched timing chain or a weak timing chain tensioner. Wear on these components, common on BMW V8s with your mileage, cause changes to engine timing...
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Does the 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.4L water pump run on a timing belt or drive belt?
The water pump on this engine is turned by the timing belt for the engine. Anytime you need to replace the water pump you should also replace the timing belt.
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Fixed Timing Chain Guide Bolt Threads Stripped
If the bolt threads are stripped and the hole is enlarged for the timing chain guide bolts then you will need to install a thread repair insert. You will have to follow the thread repair kits instructions by drilling out...
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After a timing belt replacement malfunction an indicator light has come on.
Hi there. I completely understand your concern. Could it simply be coincidence? Absolutely. Could it have been caused by an incorrect timing belt installation? It sure could. A Check Engine Light means that a malfunction has been detected and set...

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