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In a combustion engine, the "timing" is considered the most important aspect determining a vehicle's functionality. It's purpose is to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft(s) to open and close the valves at the proper time. This in turn results in proper engine combustion and even engine turning.
Timing failure differs by mileage and periods of time, and can be very difficult to diagnose. With engines being our specialty, our certified mechanical technicians can not only diagnose timing condition, but properly time engines to keep your engine functioning properly.
Made of high-density rubber, timing belts are typically quieter, easier to replace and more efficient than timing chains. However, compared to timing chains, they typically require more frequent replacement.
Since belt failure can result in serious and costly consequences, it is strongly recommended that proactive steps be taken to prevent it. While specifics vary by make and model, timing belts should be replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles.
Most belts are hidden under various covers and engine components, making it difficult to know when replacement is needed. If you think it may be time for timing belt services, do not wait. Call us today for your free timing belt inspection!
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Timing chains serve the same purpose as belts but have distinct differences. One is that while belts are outside the engine, chains are internal components. Chains typically have longer lifespans than belts, but can be just as expensive to repair when they fail.
The general misconception is that timing chains will last the life of your vehicle. This is not true. Most technicians suggest replacing timing chains every 100,000-150,000 miles to prevent chain failure which can cause complete engine destruction.
Aside from hearing an engine's misfire (which takes a trained ear), there are very few ways to tell if your timing chain is nearing failure. If you are experiencing mechanical issues or need your timing checked, our certified technicians can properly diagnose the timing and advise needed repairs.
Pulleys, guides & tensioners
As important a role that timing chains and belts play, the components that guide them are equally as vital. Guides, pulleys, tensioners and sprockets— they all work together to keep your car's timing accurate.
Since these components serve vital functions such as minimizing vibration or ensuring proper tension, it's important to replace them before they fail. By doing this, the condition of all timing components are uniform, ultimately optimizing the lifespan of your timing system.
Needless to say, timing failure is something you want to avoid, and while doing so can be pricey JEX can take care of the task at unbeatable prices. Do not wait until your timing fails. Call us today to get your timing system inspected!