How To Diagnose Belt And Timing Component Failures

The timing belt is one of a few belts in an engine. At the front of the engine, you’ll see a plastic or metal cover. Behind it is a timing belt. Many current vehicles have switched to a timing chain, but these two parts perform the same function. Timing chains usually last the life of…

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Is It The Timing Belt The Tensioner Or The Idler Pulley?

When an engine has timing belt issues, the root cause is not always the timing belt. It may be the timing belt tensioner or the idler pulley. It’s important to know which part is failing. That way, you can replace the failing part (and any other affected parts) to bring the timing belt assembly back…

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Setting Timing Belt Idler Torque

When installing a new timing belt, it’s important to tighten the timing belt idler pulley to the correct torque specs. The pulley can get loose over time from vibration. So when you’re in there, it’s worth taking the time to retighten the timing belt idler pulley. It’s very important to set the right amount of torque.

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What Damage Can Potholes Cause To Your Vehicle

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You’re driving down the street when suddenly, without warning, your car is jarred by a hard impact. You hit something, but it wasn’t another car or person. It was a pothole. A lot of drivers would brush it off as no big deal. It’s only a pothole, right? Well, it can be a big deal.…

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What Causes U-Joint Failure?

When a u-joint fails, it can cause a vehicle to lose control and leave the driver stranded. There are potentially many other undesirable consequences. This is why understanding what causes u-joint failure is important for safe driving.

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When Should U-Joints Be Replaced?

Under normal circumstances, u-joints last a long time. Some even last the lifetime of the vehicle. But sometimes a u-joint can fail unexpectedly. When that happens, you have to replace it ASAP. Neglecting to replace a failed u-joint will likely result in serious issues such as:

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