Timing Belt Repairs Long Beach

Timing Belts Can Fail Without Warning

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An essential element to internal combustion engines, timing belts control the engine’s valves. Timing belts are also informally known as cam belts, but whatever you call them, they are necessary for your engine to run properly. ACA Automotive is your shop for timing belt repairs Long Beach.

If your engine has an overhead camshaft, then your car uses timing belts. Typically made of a rubber polymer material, the timing belts of today replaced noisier chains that were used in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Over the past decade, however, chains are becoming more popular again due to their durability. BMW, for one, is known for using timing chains rather than belts. The main drawback of traditional timing belts is their lack of durability, which requires regular replacements. Stay on top of these important parts by referring to your owner’s manual to determine when yours need to be replaced.

The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft in order to maintain the proper timing between them. Not to get too technical, but the crankshaft makes two revolutions for every turn of the camshaft. Most engines have anywhere between one to four camshafts, which function to help the intake and exhaust valves to open and close. The movement of the valves and the pistons needs to be synchronized in order for the engine to run properly.

The two types of engines that use timing belts are Interference and Non-Interference engines. The main difference in the engines is their distance and location between the valves and the pistons. If the timing belt slips even slightly on an interference engine, it will likely cause serious and expensive damage to the engine. In non-interference engines, this extreme damage a rarity, however the engine may come to a halt if the belt fails.

It is important to note that there are no warning signs for a timing belt failure. That’s why you need to make sure your Long Beach timing belt experts at ACA Automotive check your belts at regular intervals and change when necessary. This is the best way to prevent sudden and expensive repairs down the road. The cost of a timing belt replacement pales in comparison to the cost of a failed engine.

Call us today at 562-421-1905 to schedule an appointment or to find out more information about timing belts. We also offer the convenience for our customers to schedule appointments online. Regardless of which method you choose, you will notice the difference when you choose Advanced Computer Automotive for your Long Beach timing belt repairs as well as all other automotive repairs and service.