Car Engine Guide: Timing Belts & Camshafts

The timing belt is an integral engine component that connects the crankshaft and camshaft so that the engine's cylinder fire at the appropriate time. The timing belt can be found under the timing cover at the front of the engine. Today's timing belts are much different than those in cars before he 1970s. The latest timing belts are made with high-quality rubber and materials that allow for increased gas mileage and longer times between replacements.

Most newer vehicles will not have to replace a timing belt until after 100,000 miles. As the timing belt is subject to incredible force from the motor, you may need to check your timing belt if you hear any noises coming from the engine such as a whirring or screeching from under the timing cover.

Timing belts are easily replaced, but if you do not replace in time, your car's engine may fail and other issues may occur with your water pump or oil pump. You can get your timing belt checked at Mercedes-Benz of Hanover located in Hanover.

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