What is a Cambelt?
What is a Cambelt and how does it work?
Also referred to as a Timing belt, a Cambelt is a ribbed belt that is placed in a car’s engine to keep the camshaft and crank timed as it should be. For proper timing, the belt is placed in a very particular arrangement along one side of your engine. For the record, the Cambelt is designed to keep the bottom half of the engine (pistons and crankcase) in sync with the top half (valves and cylinder head). It is an essential engine item.
Does my Cambelt need changing?
Unfortunately, like other vehicle components, your car’s cambelt will almost certainly need changing at some point. Overtime the Cambelt will stretch, which can accelerate wear of the belt and cause the belt to fail without warning. In some instances, when the engine is idle, a rattling noise can be heard coming from the Cambelt area. This would indicate wear on the Cambelt’s tensioner and/or the idler pullies, which in turn will also cause damage to the belt, another factor which can cause premature failure of the belt. If a Cambelt does snap, it can damage your car’s engine. The Cambelt is connected to the camshaft and the crankshaft, so if the belt snaps the turning momentum of the crankshaft that the pistons are attached to will hit the valves in the cylinder head and seriously damage your engine. Put another way, if the timing belt fails to properly function, the valves and pistons in your car will begin to collide repeatedly, more than a hundred times a minute, smashing into one another, causing irreversible damage to the engine.
It is of utmost importance to replace your cambelt a per your manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid damage and the associated costs in engine repairs. Regardless of the Cambelt being expensive, it is essential to have it installed. It should be checked annually at the very least or at the recommendation of your auto repair specialist.
Remember Cambelt replacement is a whole lot better than Cambelt and other engine repairs!
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Posted on Sep 23, 2020 by Auto Repair DirectoryBack to Articles