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Like any other machine, your vehicle also needs regular check-up and maintenance. Different parts of your vehicle are precisely interdependent to produce a smooth and functional operation. Timing Belt and Timing Chain work in synchrony to keep the perfect motion of the valves and pistons in your vehicle.
Timing Belt Vs. Timing Chain
Both timing belt and timing chain work in similar functional manner. The major difference between both is the local and the material. While one is constructed with reinforced rubber, other is constructed of metal. Timing chains were used prior to the introduction of timing belts, which came to use only in the 1960s. Timings belts are not only less expensive to produce but are also quieter.
Timing Belts are located outside the vehicle’s engine and tend to dry out and crack earlier than the timing chains, which are located inside the engine, get lubricated and last a long time.
Difference Between The Respective Need For Replacement
A Timing Belt typically needs to be replaced between 60,000 to 160,000 Kilometres depending upon the your vehicle manufacturer, model, make, maintenance, and driving conditions. Newer vehicles with superior timing belts can easily go to 160,000 KM before requiring replacement. On the other hand, timing chain lasts a very long time, generally the life of the vehicle.
Signs and Symptoms of Your Timing Belt / Timing Chain Need a Check
If the timing belt of your vehicle is experiencing trouble, the belt may move differently that may bring a change in the mechanical timing of the vehicle. There are, however, no clear-cut signs that timing belt is going out. Unfortunately, it often happens suddenly without warning, which is why it is always recommended by mobile auto repair experts to get the timing belt replaced after certain mileage and/or age. Anything wrong with the timing chain or belt can lead to engine seize, stopping of vehicle, or experience of significant power loss, etc. If the timing chain of your vehicle has gone bad, it will make considerable noise indicating the problem.