Maintaining Your Timing Belt: Warning Signs Not To Ignore

A timing belt helps ensure that the rotation cycle of your engine is synchronized. When the cycle is off-pace, the valves that support your engine won't open and close as required, which can lead to significant damage to the engine. Maintaining your timing belt is how you avoid this type of scenario altogether, so ensure you know how to go about this step.

Fail to Start

Cycle synchronization within the engine is not just important for proper performance; this pace is also necessary for the engine to function. Since the timing belt helps control this movement, when the timing belt has failed, the engine will not start. If you suspected there might have been an issue with your timing belt and then your car suddenly won't start, you might have been correct with your initial suspicion.

Excess Exhaust Fumes

Be watchful of the amount of exhaust fumes your car produces when you drive. If you notice an increase in the volume of fumes produced, an issue with the timing belt could be to blame. If the timing belt has not broken, but it is just severely worn, it can cause the engine to work harder and, as a result, produce more fumes. Remember that fumes are common, but a large smoke trail following your vehicle is not, so have the issue checked out. 

Unusual Sounds

Pay attention if you detect a squealing noise coming from under the hood. As the timing belt wears, it begins to loosen. As a result, the timing belt can start to shift. The noise you hear might be the result of this process. If the timing belt has gotten to this point, it's safe to say that the timing belt will fail soon. Also, listen for a squealing sound, especially if you only hear it when you're accelerating. This noise could also be the result of a worn timing belt.  

Leaking Oil

An oil puddle on the ground can be the result of a number of issues with your vehicle, but don't overlook the timing belt. As the timing belt wears, the bolts and fasteners that keep it in place also start to detach. Once this process occurs, oil can begin to leak from these areas. Keep in mind that an oil leak is a serious issue. If your engine is not properly lubricated, you will have engine failure on top of timing belt failure. 

If you suspect your timing belt is worn or broken — make repairs a priority. Visit an auto technician to address your concerns about timing belt repairs