Telltale Signs Your Car’s Timing Belt Is Failing

Since the introduction of combustion engines, all of them have timing belts. The timing belt ensures that the engine cam and crankshafts work together and fire at the same time. The belt is installed in a timing cover and is next to the engine.

The belt is made with premium quality rubber and nylon cords. However, just like other parts in the engine, the belt is subjected to extreme pressure and wear. There will come a time you will need to replace it.

If you are wondering if the timing belt on your car is broken or is about to break down, here are a few symptoms that will help you figure things out:

Ticking Noises

The timing belt is connected to a series of pulleys attached to the engine’s crankshaft.

The crankshaft is connected to pistons within the combustion compartment. Once the timing belt starts wearing out, it emits a ticking noise.

This may be due to low lubricant level or falling oil pressure in the engine.

As the belt is important for a smooth running engine, you should have it checked immediately.

The Engine Wouldn’t Start

If the timing belt has disintegrated inside, the engine will not turn over. You might hear the motor work but the engine won’t start. Of course, if your car doesn’t start, the first thing you want to do is to get in touch with your mechanic.

It is also important to know that if the problem is a broken timing belt it might also damage other parts of the engine. Most commonly, a worn-down timing belt will give up while the car is running. You can also expect damage to the cylinder head, valves, and oil pump.

Engine Misfires

A timing belt that is about to break down may also affect the engine’s firing rate. Since the belt is connected to pulleys that power the crank and camshafts, a worn-down belt may often skip a cylinder and lead to opening or closing sooner than it should. This often causes a misfire and may lead to catastrophic damage if not addressed immediately.

More than often, it is too late until a problem is discovered with the timing belt. If you are looking for timing belt kits for Volvo or other Volvo spare parts, explore our collection and get in touch with us today.