Friday 26 December 2014

Belts: It really is about a stitch in time saving nine

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

Car mechanic replacing timing belt at camshaft of modern engine
Car mechanic replacing timing belt at camshaft of modern engine

A FEW weeks back we warned that brakes were one item you don't want to take chances with. Your timing belt is another. And it is with an eye on your wallet we say it.

Replacing a timing belt will set you back a few hundred Euro. Failing to replace one in time is likely to cost you thousands in engine damage.

The toothed rubber belt synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. That is so the engine's valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder's strokes.

The interval between opening and closing might be just two hundredths of a second, so accurate timing is essential.

There are no real tell-tale signs to alert you to the fact that your timing belt needs replacing. You're already too late at this point.

The only advice is to follow the replacement intervals set out by the manufacturer.In reality the way to do this is to get your car serviced regularly. Having an engine replaced is one costly trauma you do not want to suffer.

*Advice courtesy Ford master technician Brian Kelly of Rathfarnham Ford, Whitechurch Road, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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