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Timing Belt & V-Belt Service
Welcome to the SRC Auto Care.
On this page, we would like to tell you a bit about the Timing belt and the V-belt of a vehicle.
What’s the difference?
The Timing belt is located inside a cover, and it is connecting the crankshaft with the camshaft, so the valves are opening properly.
A timing belt is cogged, so it can't slip.
The V-belt connects the generator (also called "alternator"), which generates electricity through rotary motion, to the crankshaft of the engine, thus ensuring the electrical power supply in the vehicle.
The V-belt can be found in almost every vehicle, but most know only the squeak of the V-belt, but know nothing about its function or even where it is installed.
Anyone who has ever sat in a car knows how many consumers there are now. Whether power windows, radio or headlights, everything consumes power and would completely overload a single car battery. Even the engine itself needs the power to create a spark on the spark plugs.
The V-belt is made of black rubber with a textile or steel cable insert. The name is derived from the shape because its wedge shape increases the friction on the pulley and makes the construction more efficient.
The pulleys are the first thing in the search for the V-belt in the engine compartment. They often sit on the side of the engine and can be covered by other components.
When and how often do I have to change?
The life of a V-belt is normally limited to a mileage of 50,000 - 60,000 miles or an age of 8 years. Of course, the lifetime may be higher, but most manufacturers stick to these maintenance intervals.
In regards to the timing belt change, it is also advisable to check with the manufacturer. In your vehicle’s owner's manual, you can find the recommended interval. These range from 60,000 - 100,000 miles. You should follow the manufacturer’s advice as timing belts can fail all of a sudden without any warning. A routine timing belt check is also a bit tricky (and costly) due to the difficult access.
So a timing belt change at the recommended time will definitely save you time, issues and money.
Indicators for a V-belt change:
- Unpleasant squeaking: The V-belt is worn out and does not have enough elasticity. Moisture and dirt increase the effect. However, there is still the possibility of re-tensioning.
- Cracks/ageing: Should the V-belt show cracks and other signs of age, it must be replaced immediately, as a crack is inevitable in the foreseeable future.
- Warning lights on the dashboard: If the V-belt should be completely torn, you will be notified by the battery warning light and, if necessary, by the thermal warning light. ATTENTION: On many vehicles, the V-belt also drives the cooling water pump. If this function is off, the engine overheats within minutes.
We hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions, please ask.
We will be happy to help. If you need help with your timing belt, V-belt, are experiencing any engine problems or are interested in any of our services, please get in touch. We can book you in at a time that suits you best, and we always have time for emergencies.
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Timing belt & V-belt service – Sandy – SRC Auto Care