Many of today’s engines use timing belts, but not all. Some engines still use a timing chain and sprocket arrangement. A timing belt is a precision component with teeth that mesh exactly with its mating sprockets. The belt’s teeth are precision molded from a special rubber compound for good mesh and long life.
The timing belt maintains crankshaft-to-camshaft synchronization, keeping valve operation matched to piston position. On some engines, the belt also drives other components. These include the oil pump, water pump, and balance shafts.
Below, you can access timing belt replacement intervals specific to your vehicle, along with a little technical information regarding the valve configuration - interference or non-interference. In an interference engine, the valves and piston share the same air space for various car makes and engine types. They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips, and this is a catastrophic failure that requires removing the head and replacing bent valves. Non-interference engines do not risk this contact if the timing belt goes. Nonetheless, either can leave you stranded, so regular timing belt replacement is very important.
Choose a link below to see timing belt information for your vehicle:
• Daewoo / Daihatsu
• Volkswagen / VW
Be sure to replace your timing belt at the required intervals for your make & model. Timing belt replacement is crucial to the life of your engine. Interference type engines can suffer expensive damage in the case of timing belt failure. Bent valves are not cheap to replace!
Check your car’s owner’s manual for specific information about your vehicle's timing belt maintenance. If the timing belt is not replaced at the suggested interval, the belt could break, leaving you stranded and possibly causing major engine damage.
If you’re having the timing belt replaced, you may want to consider replacing other parts that may be accessed at the same time. The water pump, timing belt sprockets and tensioning pulleys are good examples. Check with a qualified service technician at Wallace Autos if you have questions about your car’s needs for timing belt maintenance.