TIMING BELT TENSIONER
Timing Belt Tensioner : Timing belt tensioners are used to tension the timing belt properly. There are a few different style tensioners used on timing belt engines. A fixed tensioner requires an adjustment bolt or nut to be tightened while the belt is installed. This style does not automatically adjust to the wear of the belt such as belt stretching. A spring tensioner uses a spring to keep the belt tensioned at all times. This type will keep constant pressure on the timing belt. A more commonly used style uses hydraulic pressure to keep pressure on the timing belt.
When there is a problem with a timing belt tensioner, the part must be replaced. It is usually recommended to replace the tensioner during the timing belt replacement job. Each auto manufacturer will set a time that the timing belt replacement should occur to help ensure the timing belt and or timing belt tensioner does not break possibly causing major engine damage.
Often times, timing belt tensioner problems are be visible during a timing belt installation. Other times, the timing belt tensioner pulley can make a distinct sound that should never be ignored. An auto mechanic that has experience with engine sounds should be able to hear the sounds and go right to the source of the problem.
If you need a timing belt, you should always replace the timing belt tensioner as well as the engine seals, waterpump, timing belt idler pulleys, tensioner pulleys and or damper. The best auto repair shops will always recommend the right preventive replacement parts for your particular timing belt engine. Trying to save money by not replacing any of the above mentioned parts could cause the timing belt to break and possibly damage your engine.
Guy’s Automotive performs all types of timing belt jobs as well as all types of engine repairs. Schedule an appointment for your timing belt replacement job today!