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A timing cover protects parts such as the timing belt, timing chain, and gears inside of your vehicle. They are made from either plastic, metal, or a combination of synthetic materials. In modern vehicles, the covers are designed to seal the end of the engine block to keep debris and other unwanted material from getting inside of the engine. Furthermore, the cover helps to keep the various parts inside the engine lubricated with oil.

Located on the front of the engine, the timing cover seals the timing belts where the crankshaft and camshaft extend. This helps to protect the timing belt from getting damaged and help to give it a longer life. On some vehicles, the timing cover is made up of several different pieces to make up one cover.

Over time, the timing cover can become worn, which can be potentially dangerous because of all the parts it protects within the engine. The biggest sign your timing cover is going bad or failing is the engine will start leaking oil. This may be noticed on the garage floor, underneath the vehicle, or you may notice it on your engine when you open up the hood of your vehicle.

As soon as you start to notice leaking oil, is important to contact a professional mechanic to have your timing cover replaced. If you fail to do this, the timing belt may slip off the pulleys and the engine can become severely damaged. It is best to repair the timing cover before this happens because the engine can be a very expensive repair compared to a timing cover replacement.

Since the timing cover can fail over time, you should be aware of the symptoms that indicate the cover is coming to the end of its life.

Signs that indicate your timing cover needs to be replaced include:

  • A grating sound coming from the engine when the vehicle is running

  • The engine oil is leaking from the vehicle

  • Missing timing marks that show up as a decrease in power as you drive up steep inclines

This repair should not be put off because it can severely damage your engine and cause the vehicle to become inoperable.


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Bryant

10 years of experience
282 reviews
Bryant
10 years of experience
Audi Q5 - Timing Cover - Noblesville, Indiana
Bryant was very professional and he expertly performed the task at hand. I recommend Brian for any vehicle service!
Chevrolet Cobalt - Throttle Position Sensor - Beech Grove, Indiana
very professional. excellent service. friendly mechanic. will use again if i need to.

Christopher

25 years of experience
258 reviews
Christopher
25 years of experience
Saturn Vue - Timing Cover - Tampa, Florida
He is an excellent and professional mechanic. He was able to diagnose the problem instantly. I was friendly and was on time to work my on Saturn Vue.
BMW 330i - Oil Change - Tampa, Florida

Richard

19 years of experience
461 reviews
Richard
19 years of experience
Scion xD - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Atlanta, Georgia
Chevrolet Cavalier - Alternator - Riverdale, Georgia
Very professional individual get right to work now my car is running great

John

18 years of experience
424 reviews
John
18 years of experience
Suzuki Forenza - Timing Cover - Winter Park, Florida
John was very professional. He was confident and answered all my questions(first car). I learned a lot and found out what i needed was not what I got diagnosed with before. He knew what he was doing and it showed!

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