Can you change a timing belt yourself?
But if you are and you enjoy doing your own repairs or restorations then it’s something you can do yourself, and save on some big repair bills in the process. We’ll walk you through the process of replacing a timing belt and water pump step by step, starting with the tools you’ll need.
What happens if timing belt is not fitted correctly?
If it is an interference engine, the timing belt being off can cause the valves to hit the pistons. If that happens, then engine will immediately lose compression and quit running. The damage could be as minor as some bent valves or as major as ruined pistons and bent valves.
How do I know if my timing belt needs changing?
If it is becoming worn, the belt will appear to look glazed or glossy on the underside. This means the rubber is getting hard and will not provide the flexibility the belt needs. Some signs are much more obvious, such as cracking or fraying. Belts with that kind of damage should be replaced immediately.
What happens when timing belt breaks while driving?
What happens if the timing belt breaks? If a timing belt breaks, the engine will no longer work. If a timing belt breaks while driving in an interference engine, the camshaft stops turning leaving some of the engine valves in the open position. This will cause the pistons to strike the valves that left open.
Can a timing belt last forever?
Depending on the manufacturer of the vehicle, mileage ranges for recommended timing belt replacement is anywhere from 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles and 6-10 years old. Our experienced Service Advisors and ASE Certified technicians can advise you as to when your car should have the timing belt replacement done.
Is timing belt checked on service?
The condition of service parts such as air and oil filters or drive and timing belts are not checked in the MOT.
Does age affect timing belt?
Time is perhaps more important than miles, in the life of a timing belt. Seven years is the maximum life of the timing belt, recommended by most manufacturers. Because timing belts deteriorate with age, time is even more critical than miles. More timing belts break due to age than mileage.
Should you change water pump with timing belt?
Generally, the idler pulleys, tensioner and water pump should always be replaced when the timing belt is replaced. In most cases, the timing belt drives the water pump, so it is the right time to replace the water pump. It is also recommended by the manufacturer.
How long should a water pump and timing belt last?
60,000 to 90,000 miles