If you’re hearing a funny tweeting noise as you’re driving around, either there’s a bird trapped under the bonnet or, much more likely, it’s a sign that the timing belt needs replacing. The timing belt is so-called because it controls the timing of the engine’s valves. This is crucial because if the timing belt fails, the engine will stop completely.
If you don’t act on the warning signs, you could be in danger of causing serious damage to the engine’s internal components, which can be extremely costly to repair or replace – we’re talking damage to valves, pistons, cylinder heads and cylinder walls.
Replace your Timing Belt
As with all aspects of car maintenance, prevention is better than cure. So, if you’re in a position to do so, we would recommend replacing your timing belt before it starts showing tell-tale symptoms that it’s on its way out. Most car manufacturers recommend replacement of a timing belt every 60,000 to 75,000 miles depending on the make and model of the car, or alternatively every five years.
Replace your Water Pump at the same time?
Because of its location, a quick visual inspection of the timing belt is not possible. In order to access the timing belt, we need to remove the fan belts, pulleys, crankshaft pulley and timing covers. For added reassurance we recommend using a timing belt kit.
This kit includes a new timing belt, an idler pulley, tensioner pulley, tensioner spring and cam cover gasket. It is often a good idea to change the camshaft and crankshaft oils and your water pump at the same time.
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At Whitkirk Motors we’re always here to help, so if you live or work within 5 miles of our garage, we’ll happily collect your vehicle, Service it and deliver it back the same day