How Do You Know When You Need a New Timing Belt for Your Car?

If you own a car, it’s important that you know where to take it for its regular service and maintenance requirements. It should be a mechanical repair shop that you can trust, reliable and doesn’t overcharge. Also, your car may experience problems from time to time it the way it runs, even if it’s regularly serviced and maintained. There are instances, when some things go wrong that require mechanical repairs that are important to attend to quickly; like for example, your car’s timing belt replacement.

So, what are timing belts? 

Timing belts or cam belts, as it is also sometimes referred to, is an extremely important part of your car. Its function is to open and close the engine valves, by turning the camshaft and crankshaft at the same time and speed. It is made out of reinforced rubber, with grooves or teeth on the inside edge to guide the motion of the two rotating shafts.

Timing belts are recommended to be replaced every 4 years or when they reach the 60,000 miles mark. Do not wait for it to stop functioning, as this will cause all the engine parts from working in sync. If not repaired, it could become to a situation where you damage your engine.


These are signs that indicate your timing belt has experienced wear and tear and should be replaced, for instance:

* The engine misfires or the fuel fails to ignite. The belt may have slipped, and the engine cylinders are not in sync together. There’s a banging noise and a jerking motion.

* The engine won’t turn over, when you turn on the key, although there’s a sound of the starter motor engaging.

* Oil leaks or belt contamination may also cause failure on the timing belt. Oil leaks maybe normal, but over time can wear out the timing belt too early.

A regular and thorough maintenance schedule will help you avoid the wear and tear, with these warning signs related to your timing belt. Whether your car is second-hand or a brand-new one, it is important to follow the recommended interval, for timing belt replacement. This regular schedule; will save you a lot of money in the long run.

1st Choice Mechanical can keep your car running smoothly. When it comes to replacing your timing belt, our experienced and certified technicians and service advisers can offer you suggestions regarding the best course of action to take.

Unlike other repair outfits, we don’t simply replace the timing belt. Our service is a complete one and this includes replacement of the water pump, tensioner, drive belts, the camshaft and crankshaft seals and the idler pulley. These items work closely together and they are usually considered worn, by the time a new timing belt is required.

With 1st Choice Mechanical, you will have peace of mind, when you know that our mechanics are qualified and have the necessary experience, to make an assessment of what your car needs.

Call us for a fast quote for any issues that you notice in your car on (02) 4228 7949.

We service the areas of Kiama, Wollongong, Mount Pleasant, Warilla, Albion Park Rail, Greenwell Point, Shoalhaven Heads and surrounding areas.