What Is a Timing Belt?

November 25th, 2018 by

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Timing belts, also known as cambelts, are vital to the overall health of your Volkswagen vehicle. Timing belts harmonize camshaft and crankshaft rotation. If both are in sync, everything can run properly, but if they are not, it can cause serious longterm issues. Take the trip from Alexandria to the Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles service center so you can be sure that your car is in working order!

Signs You Need a New Timing Belt

Whether your Volkswagen car has a rubber belt or a timing chain, it’s easy to tell when there’s a problem. If you notice any of the following issues, it may be time to take your car in for a timing belt replacement:

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

How Much is a Timing Belt?

If a timing belt breaks, the valves won’t open and close at the correct time. They’ll hit the pistons and the car will need expensive repairs—up to $2,000+ if the valves, water pump, and pistons were damaged. If no damage has occurred, Tysons Corner 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.

More Maintenance Help from Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles

For any questions about maintenance, contact us! In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our other maintenance tips like how to change your oil. You can also learn more about an important component like your alternator!

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