When is it time to install a new timing belt component kit?
There comes a time in every engine's life when it needs a new timing belt component kit installed. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes many of your engines moving parts. The belts that are used to synchronize the camshaft and crankshaft, along with the various tensioners and rollers, will wear out after about 100,000 miles. If that number doesn't seem impressive, then think about the approximately 150 million revolutions your engine does in that amount of time. While some drivers may put on slightly more or fewer revs in that amount of time, a new timing belt component kit will nevertheless be a wise investment towards the preservation of your engine. After all, new engines these days are lasting much longer than 100,000 miles, so this really should just be considered part of your routine maintenance schedule. If it is overlooked, the timing belt could snap and throw all your valves down into the cylinder. This will spell disaster for your engine, as the pistons will bend them' and that is a much more expensive fix than the relatively simple installation of a timing belt component kit.
What parts are in a timing belt component kit?
For most of the 20th century, timing chains were the preferred method of keeping your camshaft and crankshaft in time. They were durable and strong. Unfortunately, they were expensive. The timing belt gained the favor of most auto manufacturers during the 1980s, and it shows no signs of losing its popularity. You will probably find a timing chain in high-end luxury or performance cars, as cost is rarely a concern. However, for the majority of us, the timing belt component kit is going to be on the to-do list at least once while you own your car. It consists of the belt (or belts), tensioners and rollers, and sometimes a water pump.
Get ready for a long day.
Changing all of the timing components on your engine can sometimes be a difficult task. It's always easiest to work with more space, so draining the coolant and removing the radiator is almost always on the list of things to do. After that, you will have to remove the drive belts as well. Once that is done, you will have access to the timing cover. This is where all the parts of your timing belt component kit are located (except the water pump - that may or may not be somewhere else). Take time during this step to note the position of the camshaft and crankshaft gears. You will want to perform the installation of your timing belt component kit with the gears set to 0-degrees, or top dead center. Replacing the belt and tensioners is pretty straight forward, and should take no more than an hour. If you are installing a new water pump, remember to scrape all the old gasket material off before putting on your new one. After that, you have the task of putting back all the parts that you removed in order to get to your timing components.
Time to bite the bullet.
If your engine is approaching 90,000 miles, then it is time to purchase a new timing belt component kit. At Car Parts Discount, we carry only the top brands such as Gates, SKF, Contitech, Aisin, and more. These are high quality original equipment manufacturers that have all the timing belt component kits and parts available for purchase in the aftermarket. So don't delay, get yours today.