What is a Timing Belt?

timing belt on the engine block

While you’re surely familiar with vehicle components that keep your car moving on Denver roads such as your engine or transmission, you might be wondering: “What is a timing belt?” Timing belts are also known as cambelts which are timing chains for engines with larger bores and strokes) and ensure internal combustion engines work seamlessly between the camshaft and crankshaft. With both of these parts in sync, the valves and pistons of your car will operate properly, while pushing the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. Learn more about how timing belts work and how much it costs to replace them at the service center at Planet Hyundai.

Timing Belts vs. Timing Chains: What’s the Difference?

While timing belts are a type of timing chain and share many of the same functions, you can easily distinguish between the two by seeing what they’re made of and where they’re located. Timing chains are made of metal, while timing belts are made of reinforced rubber, offering different benefits to your engine. Since rubber is a softer material, timing belts are quieter and will be on outside of the engine, while the more durable nature of timing chains are found inside the engine and use engine oil for lubrication. Auto manufacturers in recent years have created timing chains that are much quieter than previous models.

When to Replace a Timing Belt?

No matter if your vehicle has a timing belt or timing chain, it’s important to know when to replace them, as there will be certain signs in your car’s performance to let you know. A good rule to go by is to have your timing belt or chains replaced every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles, however, if you notice any of the following issues, you should bring it in earlier:

  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine won’t turn over
  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • The engine misfires
  • More smoke and fumes than normal
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor

How Much is a Timing Belt?

If your timing belt breaks on Denver roads, you’ll notice the valves won’t open and close at the correct time. Now your next thought may be: “How much is a timing belt?” If you encounter a situation where the valves, water pump, and pistons of your car were damaged, this can cost you upwards of $2,000. Timing belt replacements that don’t need additional piston repairs should cost you around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs.

Learn More About Timing Belts at Planet Hyundai

Now that you know more about timing belts including how they work and how much they are to replace, you can continue to keep your Hyundai running in top condition on Lakewood roads. Check out more helpful service tips and tricks at Planet Hyundai and save on your next visit our rotating service discounts and coupons. Contact us today for more information on timing belts or just visit our Hyundai service center right here in Golden!

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