Symptoms of a Failing Timing Belt

Mar 28, 2018 - 1 minute read

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Since we will soon inundate you with mechanical jargon explaining why your vehicle's timing belt matters, make sure to remember one thing: without a fully functioning one, you're not going anywhere.

Your engine simply won't run. Timing belts are found mostly in cars and SUVs with smaller displacement engines; they rotate the engine's cam and crankshaft in sync. Without the timing belt, there's nothing to guarantee that each cylinder fires at the appropriate time. So, how can you tell if yours is broken? We at Apple Ford Lincoln are here to give you the scoop.

Keeping Ellicott City Ford Drivers on the Road

  • Engine doesn't turn over: Your engine won't ignite if the timing belt is broken. You will likely just hear the starter motor activate upon turning the key.

  • Ticking noise from the engine: As the timing belt gets older, it may create a ticking sound inside the engine. You should go to the mechanic at this point (if you'd like to avoid the above tell-tale).

  • Oil leaking: The engine may leak motor oil from the timing belt cover; leaking oil can also lead to your engine overheating, so definitely beware of this one.

  • Engine misfires: A worn out timing belt can impact the engine's fire rate. While a gun that misfires may save a life, a car that misfires just keeps you from getting to yours.

Schedule Ford Service

If your car is experiencing any of the above symptoms, feel free to schedule Ford service near Ellicott City. Fixing the timing belt requires an ASE Certified mechanic; thus, it may not be best to do this one on your own.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Ford dealer near Ellicott City at (866) 695-6642. We are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have. And remember, scheduling service with us is like eating an Apple: we'll keep your car healthy and you'll avoid steeper problems down the line. At Apple Ford, our service department has got you covered.

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