St. Charles, IL Timing Chain or Belt Replacement

Whether your vehicle has a timing chain or a timing belt, replacing them if they get damaged or worn could prevent significant engine damage. A full engine rebuild or replacement could cost thousands of dollars. Replacing a timing chain can be difficult for a lot of reasons, so it’s better to trust the experts at Autopractor rather than trying to replace it yourself. 

What’s the Difference Between a Timing Chain and a Timing Belt?

Timing chains and belts have the same purpose, but they’re made of different materials and located in different places on the engine. They both connect an engine’s crankshaft to the camshaft. The camshaft positions intake valves that control when fuel and air enter the engine’s cylinders. 

Timing belts were the more common option until the 1990s. They’re made of durable rubber, are positioned on the outside of the engine, and need periodic replacement. 

Now, most vehicles have timing chains. They look like beefed up bicycle chains, and they’re located inside the engine because they need to be lubricated by the oil. They’re designed to last the life of the car, but they can still become damaged and need to be replaced. 

How Can I Tell if My Timing Chain or Belt Needs Replaced?

Your owner’s manual should tell you how often your timing belt or chain needs to be replaced. Otherwise, signs that your timing chain or belt is worn out include:

  • Engine misfiring
  • Ticking sound after you turn your car off
  • Rattling noise when idling
  • Metal shavings in engine oil

What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Timing Chain or Belt?

In short, if your timing chain or belt breaks while you’re driving, it can completely destroy your engine. Your engine will stop immediately, no matter how fast you’re driving, and it will need to be rebuilt or replaced. Either option usually costs thousands of dollars. If you’re noticing any signs that your timing belt or chain needs to be replaced, don’t wat. Call Autopractor at 630-444-1414 or click here to schedule an appointment. Our customers are family, and we strive to keep our family safe on the road.

We Service Most Makes and Models

Below are many of the manufacturers we service:

  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi