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Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt or Chain

You might not know this, but your car's firing sequence is very important. And a timing belt is a crucial engine component that ensures the process of opening and closing of the valves is achieved seamlessly. It syncs the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft to ensure the valves open and close as they are required to operate. The component is so important but most car owners tend to ignore it. They realize its essence when it's too late.

Here are some warning signs of a timing belt about to fail.

Unusual Noises from the Engine

Ideally, the timing belt is attached to a series of pulleys leading to the crankshaft. The crankshaft is responsible for powering the connecting rods as the camshaft controls the cylinder head valves. Once your timing belt starts to age or wears out, it might cause combustion problems. This is because the silver valves that transfer burnt fuel via the exhaust chamber are no longer in sync.

Your Car Engine will not Turn Over

Sometimes, your starter motor will engage after you turn the ignition key, but your engine will not come to life. Well, the timing belt turns on the crank and camshaft and must be in perfect working condition for the car to start. If the belt is broken, it will not engage the shafts and the engine will not start.

Oil Leaks from the Front

Your car's timing belt is held in its perfect position by a top cover. When old or damaged, you might notice oil seeping through the timing belt cover. Eventually, the nuts and bolts holding it in place might also start to come off. If not timely corrected, the gasket between the engine block and timing belt cover will wear out.

Too much Exhaust Fumes

An aging timing belt makes the engine run extra hard, leading to poor fuel efficiency and emission of excessive exhaust fumes. You must pay attention to your timing belt and ensure that all repairs are done on time to avoid costly replacements. If you notice any of these signs of an aging time belt, visit Oswald Service Inc to help you solve the issues.