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Timing Belts & Components

A timing belt is what keeps the internal combustion engine running smoothly. In case the unit fails, your vehicle stops working, and worse yet, it wouldn't start again. It's your luck to find the nearest auto repair center and have your vehicle towed there. But when you're miles from nowhere, trying to reach anyone on the cell, then it brings much trouble. Don't miss your chance to replace the worn out timing belt before you get in such dire straits.

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A timing belt is found at the front of the engine, which doesn't always mean the front of the vehicle. As a rule, it's made of the reinforced rubber, with the teeth on the inner surface. The part connects a crankshaft with a camshaft(s) and keeps the engine valves opening and closing jointly with the movement of the pistons. The engine timing mechanism is often hidden behind a metal or plastic cover, which ensures protection and helps to keep dirt and gunk away.

We aim to provide our customers with the finest Timing Belts & Components the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as Dorman, Continental ContiTech, Dayco, Gates, Beck Arnley, Cloyes, INA, Koyo, Bando the Timing Belts & Components we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability.


Despite being made of high-tensile, temperature-resistant materials, timing belts eventually wear out. The most frequent failure modes are stripped teeth and delamination of the fiber cores. Pulley misalignment and engine leaks shorten the lifespan of the parts too. The type of the engine you have (interference or non-interference) is of vital importance when it comes to the timing belt's failure. Little to no damage will happen if the component fails in the non-interference engine. Yet when you own a vehicle with the interference engine, the damage can be catastrophic: the pistons will hit and bend the valves, destroying the powerplant.

Fortunately, the run-down timing belt may give some warning signs before it breaks. If your car shakes or is hard to start, when the engine vibrates or shuts off while driving - the timing belt is probably in danger. As a rule, these parts are difficult to visually check: you need to reassemble a portion of the engine to access the belt. However, you can make a thorough assessment through visual inspection only: deep cracks, worn out teeth, and chips on the belt's surface are common indicators for the defective component.

For proper function, timing belts should be replaced at the intervals specified by the part manufacturer. Though their general lifespan varies greatly with engines, the recommended change point is every 60,000 to 75,000 miles. In modern engines, timing belts are used to drive water pumps that should be changed out (even if they don't leak) at the same time with the belts. Well, that's how you can avoid extra trips to the car service center and save a considerable amount of money. Visit CARiD to find precisely fitting parts and ensure successful replacement.

Guides & Articles
This article will guide you through a generic tune up on most any car or light duty gasoline-powered vehicle built within the last 20 years or so. We will presume that you are tuning up your engine because it has reached the mileage or time point to do so, and that you are NOT performing a tune up to cure an engine performance defect. We make this distinction...
Does your ride have timing gears, a timing belt, or a timing chain? Is one better than the other? And perhaps most importantly, do I need to be concerned about the recommendation to replace the timing belt at a certain mileage interval? Welcome to our discussion of "engine timing".
Internal combustion engines are extremely complex and feature a wide array of components that rotate, move up and down, pump, seal, or remain stationary. When repairing or rebuilding your engine, you will come across many different terms when referencing repair manuals and ordering parts. We know it can be confusing, especially when the repair is complex. Even if...
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Timing Reviews
Average rating: 5 4.8 - 15 reviews
2000 GMC Sonoma | Posted by Art | (Vallejo, CA)

2ND time I've bought a part for my 2000 GMC Sonoma 4.3L I have a great mechanic that will install any part I buy online, so their is a substantial savings, as well as a proven track record for getting the right part, the first time!

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