Timing belts and timing chains are both critical components in a vehicle's engine that help to keep the camshaft and crankshaft in sync, ensuring the proper timing of engine valves and pistons. However, there are a few key differences between the two that are important to understand if you're considering a timing belt or chain replacement.
Timing belts are typically made of rubber and are located on the front of the engine. They are driven by the crankshaft and operate the camshaft, which in turn operates the engine valves. Timing belts are typically replaced at regular intervals, usually every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The reason for this is that over time, the rubber belts can dry out and crack, which can cause the engine to lose power or stall.
Timing chains, on the other hand, are made of metal and are located inside the engine. They are also driven by the crankshaft and operate the camshaft, but unlike timing belts, they are not subject to the same wear and tear. In fact, timing chains are often designed to last the entire life of the vehicle and do not require regular replacement.
What Are the Advantages of the Timing Chain?
The main advantage of a timing chain is that it's less likely to fail than a timing belt. Timing chains are also less expensive to replace if they do fail. Timing belt replacement is a much more involved process and typically requires the removal of several engine components.
In summary, timing belts and timing chains are both critical components in a vehicle's engine that ensure proper timing of engine valves and pistons. Timing belts are made of rubber, located on the front of the engine, and need to be replaced at regular intervals. Timing chains are made of metal, located inside the engine and are designed to last the entire life of the vehicle.
If you need either timing belt or timing chain replacements, please call or visit Ocala Auto Services today!