Car Engine Guide: What Do Timing Belts Do?

Your car's engine runs with the help a timing belt that moves the camshaft and crankshaft in sync. Timing belts are also responsible for water pumps, air conditioning, oil pumps, and injection pumps in some car designs. While new cars have strong rubber materials in new timing belts, older cars may have trouble with their timing belts around the 60,000-mile mark.

The timing belt is commonly found in the front of the car engine under the timing cover. Today's timing belts are much different than in older cars pre-1970s. This is because older timing belts were chain-based. New timing belts are much more reliable.

If you notice a whining noise or hear screeching when your car starts up, you could have an issue with your timing belt. You can check the timing belt by pulling up the timing cover, or you could visit the service department at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Portland located in Portland, OR.

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