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Volkswagen Timing Belt Replacement

How to Recognize Symptoms Associated with Volkswagen Timing Belt Replacement

The timing belt is a rubber and nylon-infused belt that is the drive system of the crank and camshaft on most small displacement engines. Although it is protected from exposure to the elements outside of the motor, this part takes a lot abuse and eventually will wear out. Hopefully you’ll be able to replace a timing belt before it breaks, as a broken belt can cause internal engine damage. To ensure you are aware of some of the warning signs, listed below are a few symptoms that will alert you that a Volkswagen timing belt replacement service is needed soon.

Oil is leaking from the front of the motor

The timing belt on a VW engine is located on the front of the engine compartment. It is protected by timing belt cover that is fastened to the engine block. In between the cover and the engine block is a small gasket, typically made of rubber that protects the interior of the motor from debris and also keeps oil inside the engine crank case. As the timing belt ages, so does the timing cover gasket. When it fails, oil from inside the motor will drip onto the ground. If you notice oil dripping from the front, center location of your VW, it’s likely that your timing belt cover gasket is damaged and along with the timing belt itself, Volkswagen timing belt replacement should be completed sooner rather than later.

The Car is hard to start

Every combustion engine has three requirements that are needed to operate efficiently. There must be the right ratio of fuel to air mixed in a vapor form inside the combustion chamber, the piston needs to compress this vapor and the ignition system needs to spend a spark at the exact moment of compression to ignite the fuel. When a timing belt is wearing out, it can reduce the ignition timing and cause issues with starting. This is a very difficult problem for most mechanics to correctly diagnose, however, a Volkswagen repair specialist in San Diego is quite familiar with this common symptom and will ensure the right repairs are made, which may include timing belt replacement.

A repeating ticking noise

The final symptoms of a damaged or worn out timing belt is one that is typically the easiest to recognize. If you hear a repeating ticking noise that increases in speed as the engine rises in RPM, this can be an indicator of a damaged timing belt. In this case, the belt is frayed and nylon cords or rubber is hitting internal components under the timing belt cover.

If you notice any ticking sound like this, or any of the above symptoms, it is a good idea to first contact a VW specialist and ask them about completing your Volkswagen timing belt replacement service. Being proactive about VW repairs can save you a tremendous amount of money in the short and long term.

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