Timing Belt Related Components That Affect Its Lifespan
Usually, when timing belt repair work is needed, it’s not just the belt at fault but also the components that work in tandem with the timing belt. These parts are equally important to ensure the whole timing belt system works smoothly. The other components in this system are -
A cam pulley is a component of the engine's timing system that controls the movement of a camshaft, the timing belt element responsible for the expulsion and intake of air in the cylinders.
A timing belt idler is a pulley that assists in positioning the timing belt. The timing belt kit may include one or more idle pulleys, depending on the length and size of the engine and timing chain. The idler function stabilises regions of the drive that cause undesired vibrations.
Tensioners correctly tension the system by using hydraulic pressure and/or spring tension. To put stress on the timing belt and keep it as smooth as possible, several tensioning pulleys are employed. They are hung from the sagging side.
A crankshaft pulley is a cogged gear/wheel-shaped device that attaches directly to a vehicle's crankshaft. The crankshaft pulley basically converts the pistons' linear or direct action into rotary motion. The crankshaft pulley is responsible for driving the crankshaft components. Crankshafts are in charge of driving the car's wheels.
Because of the high temperatures in the I.C., the engine heat must be diffused to prevent overheating damage. The water pump circulates coolant throughout the circuit, ensuring that excess heat is constantly evacuated and that the timing belt and adjacent components are not subjected to thermal stress.