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Timing belt & Timing chain replacement with Sp88. Timing belts and why you to get them checked. If you’re unsure of what a timing belt is, think of it as a bicycle chain; if the bicycle chain comes off, there is no longer the ability to create a forward-moving action by peddling. 

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Our best explanation of a timing belt


Our best explanation of a timing belt, it keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in perfect synchronization to allow the engine to complete cycles called revolutions at very high speeds, preventing any of the moving parts from coming into contact with each other. The main moving parts in an engine are the camshaft, crankshaft, piston, conrods and valves. 
The cycles the engine must complete whilst it rotates are 1)Intake, 2)Compression, 3)Power and 4)Exhaust. 
For example, a 4-cylinder engine requires each cylinder to complete these cycles. The 4-cylinder engine is designed so that each cylinder will take its turn to create power, and this synchronization is the only job the timing belt has. 

Look at your instrument panel

And you would see that your rev counter would read less than 1000 RPM at idle. This means your engine has completed 1000 revolutions per minute, each cylinder completing a power cycle. Most engines can rev to at least 5000 RPM, and because of this, the timing belts in good condition is essential.
The moving parts can’t ever make contact with each other; otherwise, the engine can sustain catastrophic damage. 
How does the timing belt wear out? The timing belt will begin to deteriorate. The rubber can stretch or crack and eventually break. This is why maintenance is essential. It’s on you to know when your timing belt is due.

When should I replace my timing belt?

 I usually rubber and have a life expectancy of 5 years to 10 years and 60 to 100000 miles. Every vehicle manufacturer would stipulate the conditions and service intervals for that specific vehicle.
What should you replace when you change the timing belt? 
It is best practice to replace all moving parts within the belt assembly turns. For example, if you have a water pump driven by the timing belt, replace it with any idlers and tensioners. The timing belt kit will usually come with your timing belt, and all recommend replacement parts.

Is it easy to replace a timing belt?


Yes, if you know what you are doing. Many vehicles require special tools to allow a timing belt to be replaced. Locking pins are used to keep the camshaft and the crankshaft in fixed positions so that the synchronization cannot be lost when the belt is changed.  It’s not recommended to try to replace about without the correct locking tools; however…..

What is it like after having your timing belt replaced?


After replacing the timing belt following manufacturers guidelines, you should ensure that the engine is rotated by hand through its cycle at least four times, ensuring no resistance. When your timing belt has been changed, your journeys will be way more comfortable, knowing that you don’t have to worry about the timing belt snapping break. 

What is a timing chain? Do I need to change it?


Timing chains or timing chains to the same jobs or the same job as a timing belt but was designed to be a maintenance-free version of the timing belt.  Timing chains are not entirely maintenance-free; many fail because of maintenance problems.  It is imperative to have high-quality engine oil to maintain the quality of the steel in the timing chain to prevent it from stretching, which would eventually cause catastrophic failure. Many consumers face engine replacement costs because of delaying an oil change.

When should you change your timing chain?


You should change your timing chain if it becomes noisy. Suppose an engine warning light appears relating to the timing chain. 

 Do you require a timing belt & Timing chain replacement or change? Would you, please get in touch. SP88, based in Sutton, offer timing belt replacement services in London and Surrey. 

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