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Timing Belt & Pulley Failure

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 Symptoms

  • My car died all of a sudden, will not restart.
  • I heard a loud bang and my car died.
  • There is a whole lot of noise coming from my engine compartment but the car still runs.
  • I just had my timing belt replaced. It cannot be the timing belt making the noise.

Cause

  • Timing belt broke or wore out from lack of replacement at proper intervals.
  • Pulley’s failed causing belt to come off by not being replaced with new when new belt is installed.
  • Water pump bearing fails causing noise.

Cure

  • Replace timing belt with new pulleys. Make sure you do the pulleys with the belt!!
  • Replace water pump when new belt is installed. (To replace a water pump you need to remove all timing components. If a water pump fails after installing a new belt, you need to remove all new belts and pulleys to install a water pump causing double labor somewhere in the future).

Notes

  • Do not let anyone talk you into just replacing the belt without replacing all the idler & tensioner pulleys. Obviously the pulleys also have more than the recommended mileage interval miles and the possibility of the pulleys lasting another 90K+ miles is slim. If a timing belt breaks, it causes major damage. Most motors are interference motor, meaning that if the valves come out of time with the pistons, damage will happen. Most of the time it just bends all the intake and exhaust valves. Do a valve job, new timing belts, pulleys and water pump and then you are on your way. Sometimes it is more severe! Valves may break off and that will destroy your engine beyond repair. At this point you think of a replacement engine either rebuilt or used. If a used engine, make sure a new timing belt and new pulleys are installed.

Be absolutely serious about replacing your timing belt at the recommended mileage. If you just bought your car and do not know the mileage history of the timing belt & pulleys, CHANGE THEM! Look for stickers, marker indicators of mileage of the belt. Most great mechanics will mark the mileage somewhere under the hood.

Timing belt’s are not that much considering the price of a new engine!!

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Repair Show & Tell

A severe diagnoses can take you aback! Ever wondered what your service advisor was talking about? Or if that repair is really necessary? Take a look at some common mechanical failures, what they look like, and how they’re typically addressed…

Broken Coil Spring

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Symptom
Pronounced clunking from one or more corners of the vehicle, most evident when traveling over uneven, bumpy road surfaces. Handling that is noticeably poor with excessive bouncing over bumps. Although subtle at times, the vehicle may not sit level, sagging at one corner. [Read more…]

Finicky Head Lights

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Symptom
Headlight bulb(s) flicker, work intermittently, or repeatedly burn out. [Read more…]

Head Gasket

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Symptom
Loss of power. Regular coolant loss (visible or not). Engine misfires when cold and continues to until full operating temperature is reached. Blown-out cooling components, such as the radiator and hoses, from excessive pressure. [Read more…]

Turbochargers

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Symptom
Loss of power with little to no movement in the turbo boost gauge. Smoke from the tailpipe at startup that goes away after reaching full operating temperature. Continual smoke from the tailpipe. [Read more…]

Engine Sludge – Minor

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Symptom
The oil warning light flickers at idle/low RPM and sometimes while driving. [Read more…]

Engine Sludge – Major

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Symptom
Engine is making a knocking or clacking sound, especially when revved or under load. In terminal cases, the engine has seized. [Read more…]

Heater-Evaporator Box

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Symptom
The vent selector knob turns freely without resistance and with no change in airflow direction. Conversely, the vent selector knob can be excessively stiff. [Read more…]

Cabin Filter

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Symptom
Weak air flow from the cabin ventilation system. Hissing sounds when operating the HVAC on high. A musty odor, particularly during humid times of the year. Trouble with seasonal or pollution allergies. [Read more…]

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