The job of the timing belt is to keep the camshaft and crankshaft pulley in sync. This way, the valves and piston push at the correct time.

So, what could cause noise in a timing belt?

A squealing noise could be from a lack of tension between the belt and pulleys. Worn belt ribs and a misaligned belt can result from an improper installation that can cause an annoying chirping sound. Timing belts are known to occasionally have a ticking sound as well that can stem from low engine oil or other issues.

It is important to note that here at Ferber’s Tire and Auto Service, we do not recommend belt dressings, oils and other lubricants for your timing belt to help with noise. It is best to get a replacement. Most manufacturers recommend a replacement between 60,000-100,000 miles depending on the vehicle.

With it connecting so many vital parts, the timing belt can be hard to diagnose. Have a concern involving engine or timing belt noise?

Bring your vehicle to Ferber’s for a diagnostic today!

Written by Ferber's Automotive & Body Shop