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Why do timing belts need to be replaced

If your car’s struggling to start, you might need to organise a maintenance inspection with your local car mechanic in Wollongong. A part may need replacing, or there may be a deeper issue at play that the professionals will sort out for you. One of these problems could be your vehicle’s timing belt.

What is a timing belt?

Your car’s timing belt, timing chain or cambelt connects the camshaft to the crankshaft and works to control the valves and pistons contained within your vehicle. If your timing belt suddenly malfunctions or breaks, your valves and pistons will collide and you may be left with a lot of internal damage within your engine.

It’s crucial you monitor and check your timing belt’s condition to ensure it’s changed before your car breaks down. Timing belts aren’t like your clutch or brakes, in that you won’t be able to tell if there’s a problem just from the noise it makes as you drive. Most belts are considered to need a replacement after 90,000 and 100,000 kilometres of driving, but your vehicle’s service manual will include the precise number.

Checking your timing belt

The best way to check your timing belt’s condition is by looking at it. Open your bonnet and remove the protective cover. If you see your timing belt is visibly worn or cracked, it’s time to organise a replacement.

Some timing belts can fail unexpectedly, and that’s why regular inspections and replacements will ensure your belt doesn’t snap or malfunction without warning. If you’re planning a long trip, your local mechanic can take a look at your timing belt before you leave to make sure it’s in good condition.

What are some other signs my timing belt needs a replacement?

While wear and tear are obvious signs you need a new timing belt, there are other things you can look out for to determine when a new belt is required. These includes:

• A ticking noise coming from your engine
• Your engine not turning over
• Leaking oil near the motor
• Problematic revs
• Problems with the exhaust

Your timing belt is crucial to your engine’s operation. Whether it snaps completely or whether it’s just a little worn, the consequences will still be the same: your engine won’t run until you manage to organise a replacement.

Need a timing belt replacement in Wollongong? Choose 1st Choice Mechanical

At 1st Choice Mechanical, we specialise in timing belt replacement and repair for all makes and models of cars. Even if you love a good DIY job, don’t try and replace your timing belt yourself. For any issues, put your trust in the first choice for Wollongong locals – 1st Choice Mechanical.

Contact us at (02) 4228 7949, if you want a fast quote or visit us at, if you want to learn more.

We service Figtree, Shoalhaven Heads, Mount Pleasant, Wollongong, Greenwell Point, Kiama, Corrimal, Warilla, Albion Park Rail, Worrigee and surrounding areas.