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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...
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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sould valve be bent from broken timing belt
According to Gates Timing Belt Application Catalog your engine is classified as an interference engine. Unless the catalog is in error (catalog errors are not unprecedented and so calling Gates Technical Support is highly recommended) that classification means that if...
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Hi Peter , my question is should i replace the timing belt if my water pump is not performing correctly
If your water pump impeller is worn or corroded off then a replacement water pump needs to be put in. In order to replace the water pump the timing belt needs to be removed. It is recommended to replace the...
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Do I need to change the timing belt or chain @ 100,000 miles ?
The timing belt recommended change intervals for extreme cold or hot conditions is recommended to be changed every 60,000 miles. There is no timing chain in this motor it has a timing belt.
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If I replace the timing belt and all the components (including seals) how much is labor. Should I replace everything?
Billing question is sent to CS for the cost to replace the timing belt, components, and seals, on a 2004 Toyota Highlander.
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New tension belt was put on and the car will not start. The car computer is saying the timing belt is off.
Hi there. The serpentine or drive belts have nothing to do with the timing belt on the car. It depends on the tensioner that was installed, either the drive belt tensioner or the timing belt tensioner. I recommend seeking out...
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My timing belt broke, is there a chance there is no damage? 2000 Dodge Neon
Unfortunately, the valves are most likely bent along with possible piston damage. The 2.0ltr in both single and double-overhead-cam configurations are interference engines. The valves and pistons occupy the same space. The job of the timing belt is to keep...
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Total Engine Replacement
If only the timing belt is broken, and there is no valve train or piston damage (due to the belt break for instance), or other engine damage, it will be more cost effective to repair the engine and even do...
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It was 30° outside last night and my car shut off while driving now won't turn, on please help.
Hi there. If the timing belt was rattling before for about a couple of months, then it is possible that the timing belt may have broke off when you drove the vehicle without warming it up. This puts a huge...
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Timing belt failure - 2006 Chrysler Pacifica
Hi there - no, it would have been impossible for a mechanic to know a timing belt failure was imminent. Given your mileage, the timing belt has been changed at least once already. When that was done, the service center...
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Car misfiring after timing belt was replaced. 1997 Honda Civic
Hello - obviously, you still have a timing belt issue. From a safety point of view, and the real possibility that further, even catastrophic, damage could be done to your engine, I would not drive it further before repairs correct...
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I'm told I need my timing belt for my 2011 Hyundai Accent replaced.
Under ordinary service conditions (i.e., as opposed to "severe" which would be lots of city driving and idling, trailer towing, etc.), Hyundai recommends that you replace the timing belt on your vehicle once it reaches 90,000 miles. At that mileage,...
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Timing belt replacement wont start right
If the timing belt is not installed correctly then your engine may have hard or no start. You should be able to align the lower timing mark to top dead center of number one cylinder and then check camshaft gear...
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When should I change timing belt and transmission fluid? 2008 Toyota Sienna
Hello - your Toyota does not have a timing belt that requires replacement periodically. It has a timing chain, lubricated by engine oil, that lasts for much longer. Changing your engine oil and filter regularly is your best maintenance for...
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How do you remove the pistons in the engine while the engine is in the car?
Hi there. You will have to remove the timing belt, exhaust manifold, intake manifold, all vacuum lines, the cylinder head, and the oil pan to gain access to the piston removal. Drain out all of the oil from the oil...
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New timing belt broke?
Timing belts are rubber based products. Rubber deteriorates with age and that deterioration can be accelerated by storage conditions. I have seen belts vended that are 6 years old or older, which is well past a reasonable interval. Consequently, if...
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My timing belt broke what should I do? Can I drive my car?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The timing belt is responsible for keeping the camshaft and the crankshaft in sync so the valves will open and close accordingly. With that said, the vehicle is likely not going to run at...
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need to replace water pump dodgeraider 89/3.0 liter should I do timing belt too
According to the vehicle manufacturer, the timing belt on the Dodge Raider should be replaced every 60,000 miles. If the belt is even near that mileage, then absolutely the belt should be changed. If you are installing a new water...
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Timing Belt interval
From the information that I have acquired, it looks like the interval for changing your timing belt is either 75,000 miles, or 5 years, whichever occurs first. With that stated, I would recommend getting your timing belt replaced as soon...
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I wanted to replace the timing belt and was told to replace other belts as well since it is being pulled off and also bearings,
When doing the timing belt maintenance, it is normal procedure to replace the water pump, timing belt, belt tensioner (which may be the bearing he was referring to), and the camshaft seals. The camshaft seals are not always included in...

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