A belt used in overhead cam internal combustion engines to the keep the camshaft and crankshaft synchronized

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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?

My 2001 Honda Civic's manual indicates that my timing belt should be replaced every 110,000 miles or 84 months. I bought the car in July 2001 and have around 49,000 miles on it. A dealer mechanic said ...
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Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt

What is the service life of a timing chain and how does having a chain drive cam benefit from a belt drive cam and vice-versa?
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On a non-interference engine, do you have to replace the timing belt?

Lets say that I happen to know for a fact that my car has a non-interference type engine, and also has a timing belt. Also, I'm broke. Is there any reason to replace the timing belt as a maintenance ...
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head gasket....
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Hand turned the crankshaft while in gear. Clutch damage?

My timing belt broke on a 2008 Hyundai Accent and due to being broke I decided to try and fix it myself. I managed to get everything off, two slightly bent valves on the head which I took to a shop ...
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How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?

I own two cars: a 2003 Acura TL and a 2005 Volvo S60. I've been told that depending on what car you drive, a failed timing belt can result in immediate engine damage. I would like to know (not just ...
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Should I replace the Timing belt in 2004 Kia

I own a 2004 Kia Spectra. It only has 47,000 miles on it (I don't drive much) When I had the transmission fluid changed they said the 3 outer belts needed to be replaced due to dry rot. I am in ...
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At what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6

Assuming I have no known mechanical problems, at what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6? I have heard 60,000 miles from some sources, but the manual seems to ...
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How to test timing chain/belt assembly before sealing engine closed?

I had to take my timing chains (one master and two connecting each V6 sides' double cams) off on my 2007 V6 Tacoma to reach to replace my head gaskets. While I do have relatively specific ...
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Why would a vehicles exhaust sound significantly deeper after a broken timing belt replacement?

Last Tuesday, my timing belt sheered off several teeth. I got one on order and replaced it, and the car fired right up. I was able to hand crank the engine several times after re-timing it and it ...
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Is there a way to tell if a timing belt has been changed without actually changing it?

I had this 2003 Honda Civic checked out by a mechanic before I bought it, and the mechanic said it looked like the timing belt hadn't been changed he couldn't tell if the timing belt had been changed. ...
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Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?

I drive a 1999 Chrysler 300M, V6 3.5L engine. I am about to start a water pump replacement repair. I've discovered that the water pump is driven off of the timing belt, rather than either of the two ...
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Ford Focus 1.6 Petrol Timing Belt

I brought a ford focus 1.6 04 plate with 154k on the clock (got it cheap!). It is up to 155k now had it about 3 months. My mechanic advised me to change the timing belt and water pump asap which I ...
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Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?

A friend is helping me change the timing belt on my 2003 Acura TL 3.2. Yes, I paid for the beer!!! We've successfully removed the upper timing belt covers, drive belt, and serpentine belt. We're ...
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Timing belt sound - time to replace?

I know very little about motor vehicle maintenance and repair, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question. Recently my car started making a puttering sound ("puh-puh-puh..."). I took it to the ...
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1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?

I was driving to work one morning and the car just staled, after waiting hours to be towed by a flatbed truck and sending it to a shop, I received a call that my timing belt broke. Which was not ...
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2003 Honda Accord Timing Belt Package replacement - necessary to replace all things related to timing belt?

I brought my car in because the starter died. During the multipoint check, they also discovered that the timing belt and the 'package' (all other components related to it) has not been changed since ...
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Cam Belt vs Belt Drive vs Serpentine Belt vs Fan Belt vs V Belt vs Timing Belt

I have a 2004 VW Passat B5 and having started to learn a bit more about engine theory, I was wondering how many belts I have and what names each of the belts have. So, I have a two part question: ...
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Using Acura or Honda crankshaft pulley holding tool and not impact wrench when loosening the bolt

Is it safe to use impact wrench when you try to loosen the crankshaft pulley retaining bolt? Many suggest just that without any concern for possibility of causing the damage to engine mounts, maybe ...
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Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?

Just got a '98 Benz ml320 and two days later it cut off on me, twice, within about 5 minutes. I took it for a diagnostic. I'm wondering how overpriced this estimate is and possible ideas of best ...
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'08 Kia Spectra won't start after head gasket/timing belt replacement

We got this little KIA for a great deal with only 102k miles on it. Probably put less than 1k miles on it before the radiator split open on top, and it quit. (We were driving on the highway with ...
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Timing chain cycle vs. sprocket marker position

I reinstalled the timing chain on my V6 Tacoma as per the Toyota official spec and the Haynes manual. I made sure that the marker notches on the intake camshaft sprockets line up to the marks on the ...
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honda accord 1997 2.2L timing belt

I took off the timing belt and balancing belt before finding top dead center what can I do to get everything lined up before I put belt back on
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95 Honda civic timing marks

I have a 95 Honda civic with a D16Z6 engine. I was trying to check the timing on the car, and wanted to get the engine to TDC. There were a few marks on the cam gear. There was no up pointing arrow, ...
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What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?

When changing a timing belt, what other parts are: Always changed with it ( as in they always have to be replaced ) ? Often, but not always changed with it ( depending on how worn they are )? For ...
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Squeal from timing belt area

When starting the engine from cold on my Volvo 440 (1.8 LI, K reg) there is a loud squeal coming from the timing belt area. The noise goes away after a couple of minutes driving. What could be the ...
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Determine age of timing belt on a 2003 Honda Accord before purchase

The belt which I can see when I open the car bonnet seems to be new, but my friend says that is not the timing belt and it can not be seen from outside. The car is a Honda accord 2003 V6 which I am ...
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Vehicle vibrates when driving past 120kmh, this is after doing a routine clutch change on a Opel Corsa 1.4i

I had a new clutch kit along with the cam belt changed in my 2007 Opel Corsa as routine maintainance. The car was driving well all along... even did 160kmh while driving to the mechanics workshop. ...
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Conequences and remedies of a cam seal leak

2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Manual Transmission, 170000 miles, EJ251 SOHC A mechanic has told me that I have a leaking camshaft seal. I have a few questions. Background is that I had my head ...
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How to tell if timing belt is due to be changed by visual inspection?

I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with a 1.3 litre 4EFE non-interference petrol engine. The car has 90,000 miles on the clock, I have owned it for five years and clocked up 30,000 of those miles myself. I ...
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Nissan Primera Timing Belt Lifespan

I have a Nissan Primera P12 2500cc sedan (2001) at around 97,500 km on the odometer. I asked my mechanic when do I have to replace the timing belt and he said it lasts the lifetime of the car and ...
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Subaru Forester - Timing Belt

I have a Subaru Forester X Limited AT 2000cc 2AB 2009. The timing belt requires replacement. My question is if the Gates TCK304 Timing Belt Component Kit, fits my Subaru?
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07 Honda Odyssey timing belt change interval for “normal” driving conditions?

The owners manual for my 2007 Honda Odyssey seems to indicate that the timing belt should be changed at 60,000 miles for extreme driving conditions. It's not clear what the schedule is for normal ...
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Can camshaft seal leaking hurt timing belt and cause sudden engine breakdown while driving? - Volvo XC90

Volvo service told me that the camshaft seal of my Volvo XC90 needs to be replaced for $1000. I see no oil on the timing belt, its dry. It just has some black dust. If there is real leak, can it ...
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Does the Timing Chain Need to be Replaced on the 2008 Toyota Sequoia at 90,000 Miles?

The service manual that came with my vehicle recommends replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles. It has a note at the bottom of the page though that this is for the 2uz-fe engine only. Apparently ...
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Timing belt replaced, engine dies after jump starting

I had the timing belt replaced on my 2005 Chrysler. I drove for a week, and it appears the battery died. I used jumper cables to start the car, but as soon as I took the cables off the engine died. ...
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Subaru Legacy cam belt change

I have got a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and it has done 90,000 KMs now. What is the best time to change its cam/timing belt? Is it by 100,000 KMs or 100,000 Miles? Thanks!
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Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)

I was looking to buy a used BMW and realised that the one I liked has timing chain. I am more used to timing belts and know that they cost about £200 ($320) to replace. However, I don't have any ...
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Most important : CAMBELT , SHOK ABSORBER or BALL JOINT

I have got a Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc Current milage is 97,000+ I got done MOT last week and it passed . Then I had a overall check from Halfords yesterday and got 3 RED points (and many AMBERs!) . ...
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Auxiliary Shaft Sprocket

I have an '89 ford ranger that loses power and stutters intermittently around 2000 rpm. I thought this could be a timing issue. The Camshaft Sprocket and Crank pulley are lined up nicely but the oil ...
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Vibrating sound and shaking when turning the wheel after changing timing belt?

On Monday I went to the mechanic to replace a ripped timing belt (red arrow in the picture). He also replaced some wheelie that was damaged. He told me that green circled box in the picture was the ...
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If the timing belt doesn't turn with the starter, is it broken?

So, I've got a 07 eclise 2.4. It ran fine on my way to work, but when I shut it off it wouldn't start again. I checked the basics (fuses, battery, plugs, coils) with no success. I then checked the cam ...
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'Re-Timing' my Engine after timing belt removal

I have little mechanical experience. I decided to try and do the Timing Belt / Water Pump in my 2003 Subaru Outback ( Interference Engine ). Watched a video where someone neglected to put the engine ...
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Engine dies upon pressing gas pedal, idles fine

I'm going to be buying a 1990 Ford Festiva with a manual transmission this weekend. I found it for a 'bargain price' for a understandable reason; it's a beater. The owner said he did the timing belt....
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Cold start Squeak noise

I have an 04 Toyota Camry Solara. The car is in very good condition at 165k miles. Although since two winters ago I have noticed only in the cold mornings when I first start the car there is like a ...
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Timing belt changed, won't start

I just did the timing belt change in a Honda 2007 V6 Accord. I thought I aligned the belt, but I guess I didn't. Now it won't cranks but won't start. How do I fix the timing issue? mark on Crank is ...
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Chevy C2 brokes its valves when the timing belt is broken?

The Chevy C2 is and Opel Corsa designed by General Motors México. The version I own is model 2007 and its gear transmision is automatic. I Bought this car used and I send it to the mechanic yo ...
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my timing belt is broken and top dead centers (TDC) are off

T-belt on Sienna 2004 was broken. How do I do re-timing for my car both cam-and-crankshafts before installing the t-belt? Thanks
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Dodge Stratus 2000 shaking at idle after timing belt replacement

I have a Dodge Stratus 2000 SE 2.4 L with 150,000 miles on it. I decided to change the timing belt and water pump, since my mechanic told me to do so because of the mileage it had on it. Anyways, I ...