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Timing Belt Photos

Check out these Timing Belt Photos

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Whether you’re planning to replace your Volvo’s timing belt, have someone else replace it, or just want to know what the terms mean, I’ve got your timing belt photos here. Sent in by MVS user Carl, they’re technically good photos, very large, and each photo is captioned.

Here’s one:
Timing Belt Cam Locking Tool

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What Is a Timing Belt and When Should It Be Replaced?

In more recently manufactured vehicles, the timing belt is a rubber belt that synchronizes the actions of the camshaft and crankshaft to keep your valves safely moving and your engine running. In older vehicles, the timing belt may actually be a chain. Regardless, the purpose is the same, and it is important to the functioning of your vehicle.

The Function of a Timing Belt

The camshaft operates the valves in your engine to let in and out air and gas. The crankshaft moves the pistons up and down. These two systems have to operate in exact synchronization or damage could occur to the valves, pistons, engine or other nearby parts. It is the job of the timing belt to ensure this synchronization occurs by keeping each system turning at the correct rate.

Replacing a Timing Belt

Newer cars can usually go 100,000 miles before the timing belt needs replacement. Older vehicles may need it replaced at 60,000. It is important to note that if the water pump goes bad, the timing belt will usually need to also be replaced. This is because most often the belt has to be removed to replace the water pump.

Signs a Timing Belt Needs Replacement

If a timing belt is worn out it may begin to slip and severe misfires will occur. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut sign that a timing belt is going bad. Usually, when timing belts fail, it is not a gradual decline, instead, it is a sudden occurrence. Once a failure occurs the engine will immediately stop or lose significant power. If your vehicle has a chain instead, though, it may make a lot of noise if it is loose. If this chain breaks, you will often hear the crack.

To prevent the unfortunate event of the belt slipping, replace the belt as recommended based on your vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines.

Belts and hoses are vital to keeping your vehicle in top shape. Stop into any of our Sun Auto Service locations today if you think your timing belt is worn or if you want to get an idea of how often you should replace the belt. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help educate you on the best time to replace your timing belt as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.

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3 Comments

V70 Timing Belt, Serpentine Belt Replacement

Hey, getting ready to replace my first timing belt on my 1999 V70 Base. I have been doing a lot of research and preparing, and would like to if the S70 models for Timing Belt Replacement are similar to the V70 regarding procedures?

I am trying to become more of a caretaker for my car and more of a wrencher with the car. Any advice would be appreciated.

where can I get Camshaft Locking Tool which you used in this picture for 2001 volvo S80 T6
Thanks

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