Have you ever wondered how the internal combustion engine of your vehicle works? And have you ever wondered what ensures the timed movement of the crankshaft, camshaft and valves so that it would function smoothly? Well, most of us would think that such precise movements are controlled by some complex engine component. In reality, however, the coordinated movements of the crankshaft, camshaft and the valves are being controlled by a very simple component: a belt. This all-important belt is called the timing belt housed in the timing belt cover.
The timing belt or cam belt is a toothed rubber belt driven by the camshaft whose primary function is to control the timing of the engine valves by coordinating the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. In most modern vehicles, the timing belt performs yet another function, and that is to drive the water pump. Knowing this, timing belt covers must be checked once in a while since in it is one belt you cannot afford to lose.
Since the timing of the valves' opening and closing is very important for the smooth operation of the vehicle's engine, it is only proper that the timing belt be protected properly. For your vehicle, this protection is provided by the car timing belt cover, which is actually a lid made up of three metal plates. Now, without the timing belt cover, the belt may get damaged easily. You wouldn't want this to happen, because if the belt gets damaged, the opening and closing of the valves won't be timed properly. At the worst, this may cause a valve to open at the compression stroke of a piston, causing unwanted- and expensive- valve damage. This damage may further result to various other internal engine damages.
Unluckily, some timing belts are damaged by the timing belt covers themselves. Sloppy t-belt cover installation is one of the major causes of timing belt damages. To avoid any such problem, it is recommended that t-belt cover replacements be done only by professional mechanics. However, if you want to do it yourself, then have a look at your car manual and check online forums first! There is nothing stopping you from doing your own car maintenance, so get your hands greasy and have a good look at your T-belt and cover on your next scheduled maintenance check.
Though not apparent, the timing belt cover is also important for the proper operation of the engine. And for a replacement one, you can count on Parts Train to deliver. Also remember to use only high quality timing belt covers whenever you need to replace them because you will feel the difference that high quality gives you. Have a look at our wide selection of products and our super low prices. You will surely enjoy what you see when you have a look at our catalogs today.