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Timing Belt vs. Timing Chain: How to Differentiate Both

In order to guarantee the specific timing, the timing chain or belt works with the camshaft and crankshaft to keep the motion of the valves and pistons working in perfect synchrony. However, there is a slight difference between these two.

Also, timing is really important. If the mechanical timing is off, damage could occur to the valves, pistons and engine. The purpose of the timing belt or chain is to ensure the harmonization. So, it is good news that you can get your timing belt or chain in a junkyard in Melrose Park, IL.

What is the difference between a timing belt and a timing chain?

Well, the timing chain functions in the same way that a timing belt does. The difference between the two is simply the material and location. One is constructed of metal and the other, a reinforced rubber. Belts are quieter and because of their materia, less expensive to produce. While, timing chains are housed within the engine and receive lubrication from engine oil and can last a long time. Timing belts are located outside of the engine and tend to dry out and crack. However, in the last few years, more vehicle manufacturers have integrated timing chains back into some vehicles with many improvements.

You should take other things into consideration…

Newer vehicles equipped with timing belts can go up to 100,000 miles before requiring replacement. Older vehicles, on the contrary, should be replaced sooner, around 60,000 miles. Most technicians would advise that if the water pump goes out in your car, it’s best to replace the timing belt at the same time and vice versa.

If the timing belt is experiencing trouble. Then the cogs crack and break off. This will cause the belt to move differently than the pulleys and change the mechanical timing. However, there are no clear-cut warning signs as to when the timing belt will go out.

So, prevention is really important

You can prevent the misfortune of having a timing belt or chain go out while you’re driving, by having it replaced maybe by a used auto part in Chicago or anywhere.

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