What is a Timing Belt?

Car mechanic replacing timing belt at camshaft of modern engine

Playing a crucial role in your engine’s internal combustion, timing belts are an important vehicle component. These belts harmonize camshaft and crankshaft rotation; if both are in sync, the valves and pistons can operate properly. The valves control air/fuel mixture intake, exhaust gas, and move the pistons down as fuel ignites in the combustion chamber. No matter whether you drive a luxury Mercedes-Benz or a different make and model, a sturdy timing belt (also known as a cambelt) is a must.

How Much is a Timing Belt?

When a timing belt snaps, the engine’s valve won’t open and close at the correct time, which can cause them to hit the pistons. If this happens, your vehicle will need expensive repairs — possibly $2,000+ if the pistons, valves, and water pump are damaged. However, if the cambelt is replaced before damage occurs, Blue Ash drivers can expect to pay around $500 to $1,000 with parts and labor costs. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles.

Warning Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

Regardless of whether your vehicle uses a chain or a rubber belt, you’ll be able to tell if there’s a timing belt issue. Keep an eye out for the following red flags and schedule an appointment at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati to avoid engine damage if you notice:

  • The engine won’t turn over
  • The engine misfires
  • Ticking noise coming from the engine
  • The engine acts up between 2000 – 4000 RPM
  • More smoke and fumes than normal
  • Oil leaks from the front of the motor

Find Help With Your Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Needs in Cincinnati!

Now that you know the function of a timing belt, do you have questions about other car parts like the serpentine belt? Contact the Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati service center to speak with one of our certified technicians! You’re also welcome to pay us a visit near Sharonville. And if you’re looking to purchase a new timing belt, you can place an order online!

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