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Kent Timing Belt Replacement

Some vehicles don’t have timing belts while others do. A metal chain is used by those vehicles that don’t use a timing belt, which serves the same purpose. In both cases the chain or belt is utilized to drive the camshafts that control the valves to allow exhaust out and air/fuel in. The belt also synchronizes the crankshaft with the cams to open and close the valves at precisely the right time in addition to driving the camshafts. Usually, the water pump is also driven by this belt. At Premier Automotive Services, our Kent timing belt replacement technicians are experts in both types of vehicles.

Although these belts will deteriorate over time, they are made from very durable material. Most automobile manufacturers recommend changing the timing belt between 90,000 and 105,000 thousand miles. These belts should also be changed if the vehicle is more than ten years old even though it may have low mileage. There isn’t any practical way of checking or inspecting the timing belt’s condition. Our Kent timing belt replacement technicians are well trained according to manufacturer’s specifications.

The vehicle will immediately stop running should the timing belt break. Most modern engines are known as interference engines. This means that should the timing belt break, the pistons and valves will interfere with each other. This usually results in major damage such as bent valves. At Premier Automotive Services, our Kent timing belt replacement technicians know that replacing your belt can be rather expensive. This isn’t always the case but you do risk major engine damage if you drive a car with a defective timing belt. If the water pump is also driven by this belt, we will also change it whenever we replace the belt, as well as the tensioner and idler pulleys that also run on this belt.

The belt is made from synthetic rubber that is reinforced with fiber cords. The belt maintains everything on the engine in sync. Whenever the engine is running the timing belt is in continuous motion maintaining the connection between the camshaft and the crankshaft. The up and down motion of the pistons is converted into rotational movement, which eventually turns the vehicle’s wheels.

The engine’s valves are opened and closed by the camshaft. This permits gas and air in and out of the engine. The belt links the crankshaft and the camshaft in harmony. Without this belt, the valves and the pistons would collide. This internal colliding can result in major engine damage. Therefore, it is important to monitor the health of your belt by replacing it every 60,000 miles or four years or, every 100,000 miles in newer vehicles. Our Kent timing belt replacement technicians are experts and experienced in replacing timing belts.

Vehicle owners should check the maintenance manual for your vehicle what your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. However, it doesn’t hurt to check your belt every now and again to determine if there is any excessive slack, shredding, or cracks.

However, there is also normal wear and tear on your belt from the environment of your engine, which can reach over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You might need to replace your belt before the recommended mileage if there are any additional outside factors contributing to the wear of your belt.

It will take our ASE certified technicians about eight hours to replace your belt. Removal of the old belt is half of the battle. Premier Automotive Services knows that the most important procedure when installing the new belt is lining up the timing marks and the adjusting the belt tension. It won’t provide sufficient protection if it is too loose and if it is too tight it can cut off circulation. The tension has to be right in the middle between too loose and too tight. A belt that is on too loose might jump or ship and fail to keep time properly. We know that a timing belt that is too tight won’t last as long. This will make your vehicle less efficient and result in the potential for your valves and pistons to collide. We will always refer to the correct
vehicle manufacturer’s specifications for the correct tension.

It needs to be confirmed that the timing marks are all lined op correctly after the tension has been adjusted properly. Lining up the timing marks is somewhat like setting a watch. You might be early or late if your watch isn’t set right. Similarly, if your belt isn’t set properly, being early or late will result in the risk of damage to your engine, and at a minimum, your engine running inefficiently. Your vehicle will have exact timing marks to set. At Premier Automotive Services, we will pay close attention to the specifications provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Then, the reassembly will proceed.

After the belt has been successfully replaced and the hood of your vehicle has been closed, we will road test your vehicle on the open highway. This is the final test to make sure that everything on your vehicle is functioning properly, especially the new belt that just replaced the old one. However, the road test also serves to make sure that everything on your vehicle is working the way it should be.