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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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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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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 belt change gone wrong.... 2002 Suzuki
Hello - sounds like either the timing belt repair was not completed properly (timing incorrect?), or the timing belt failure caused other engine damage (bent valves) that has resulted in low compression. I recommend an engine not starting inspection performed...
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Water pump replacement.
The water pump on this engine is mounted behind the engine timing belt. It is also driven by the engine timing belt. The replacement of the water pump requires the replacement of the timing belt and should not be performed...
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How do i know what tensioner system my car has
Unless you want to open the timing cover to check, you can give any Dodge dealer your VIN number and they can tell you which tensioner was used. With the VIN number, the dealer can tell you if your car...
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When should I replace my timing belt? How much will it cost on my vehicle?
Hello. The timing belt is suggested to be replaced on your vehicle at the 9 year or 90,000 mile mark, whichever comes first. Timing belts are great idea to replace at suggested intervals because simply put, they are the heart...
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Timing and crankshaft pulley 2003 Volvo S60
Hi there - you have probably not bent valves yet, but damage is not far away. Replacing timing belts on these engines requires fixtures to hold the crankshaft and camshafts in certain positions while changing the belt for this reason....
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Car engine sounds like vacuum cleaner.
The issue sounds like the timing belt is put on 180 degrees off making the exhaust the open when trying to start and the intake open when trying to compression. This will cause a vacuum sucking sound as the vehicle...
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Car will not crank.
Inasmuch as your engine is an "interference engine" (i.e., no clearance for pistons and valves if the timing belt were to break), the first possibility that should be considered (before attempting to start the engine) is a break in the...
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My idler pulley went on my Subaru outback so I bought the kit replaced everything now when I try too set the timing up my cam pull
When installing the timing belt you should have all three top marks aligned after tensioner is tight. You might not have the top part of belt tight enough when installing belt on pulleys. Sometimes turning both cams outward to check...
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my car stopped working on the highway
Sudden shutdown of the engine can be due to the timing belt breaking, fuel pump failure, ignition switch failure, cam and/or crankshaft position sensor failure and like "global" failures. There may be downloadable diagnostic trouble codes from your car's OBD-II...
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Hi, i have a 09 VW GTI, 4 WD and engine 2.0L. VW dealer inspected the car and advised to replace the upper and lower timing cover,
Hello. A timing belt cover replacement on your particular vehicle is a moderately intrusive job, but it can be done at your home or a place of your choice. Replacing the cover takes about 3 hours because the crankshaft must...
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Acura TL 08 leaking coolant thermostat repair gasket broken price for labor if I have all parts including thermostat coolant And g
You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. When reviewing your quote online, open the “price breakdown” tab, and click on “parts options.” From there,...
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Timing belt replacement: Cam gears are not lining up.
Hi there. You will have to remove the timing belt and turn the camshafts again to line them up to there marks. Now, one camshaft will stay in that position where the other one will be under spring tension. You...
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Does the timming belt run off the water pump? 2003 Toyota
Hi there - the answer depends on which engine you have: a 4 cylinder, or the V6. The 4-cylinder engines use a timing chain, which is not touched when the water pump needs replacement. The V6 engines, on the other...
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I need timing set
YourMechanic does offer the service you are requesting. If you would please make an on-line request for engine timing/timing components and belt installation the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you, right at your location. Alternatively,...
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Replaced Timing Belt/possible bent valve/misfiring in 3 out of 4 cylinders 2002 Honda Civic
Hello - if the timing belt was not replaced due to failure (and almost certain bent valve damage), it seems unlikely that simply replacing the belt/tensioner, idler, guides, etc. would cause the level of damage that is suggested. If compression...
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Serpentine Belt
It is recommended to replace the timing belt at 100k miles and the water pump and tensioner should be replaced at that time also. Do not confuse the timing belt from the accessory drive serpentine belt. The timing belt is...
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My timing belt broke while idelin an in park. Could there be damage to the vavles
The 2.4 is supposed to be an interference motor but there is a chance you did not damage the engine. After installing the new timing belt you need to do a compression test to make sure you did not bend...
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Timing marks on a Chrysler 300 V6 3.5 liter. Help with putting a timing belt on.
As long as the camshafts did not turn and the timing marks are the same, then there is no issue and the timing marks are lined up properly. If you need further assistance with your timing belt, then seek out...
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Timing is off.
The timing could be off from the camshafts not being lined up properly. If the timing marks were lined up properly, then the reluctor wheel on the camshafts could be damaged or missing teeth. If you need further assistance with...

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