Engine timing is a complex system that has been constantly evolving and developing over the years. The precise and exact designs of all engine timing components are essential to the safety and performance of the vehicle.
For a vehicle to be fully efficient the engine timing system must synchronize with the components surrounding it. There must be maximum precision of the movement at all speeds and load ranges. Consideration must be given to the fuel consumption and emission values of the vehicle.
With increased rates of compression in the combustion chamber, high pressure injection systems and higher torque increase the stress to which engine components are exposed to.
In modern engines, all related components which are directly involved in the timing process have to be checked in addition to the timing belt. These include tension rollers, deflection pulleys, water pumps, crankshaft and camshaft gears. It is essential that the timing belt is replaced at regular intervals as recommended by the manufacturer. Therefore, particular attention must be paid to engine timing during servicing and repair in the independent workshop aftermarket.
Damage to the timing belt can occur as early as during the fitting. Vehicle technicians should avoid applying too much force or kinking the belt, this is to prevent it from wearing or snapping. Technicians must also not use a lever for fitting, as this could also cause the belt to snap. Once the belt has been fitted it must not come into contact with any cleaning detergents or solvents like brake cleaner, as this lead the belt to corrode.
To ensure the belt is working at its optimum tension, a belt tensioner is required. The belt tensioner ensures the belt is operating efficiently and prevents it from becoming slack. When the belt is replaced it is crucial it has the right tension. If the belt has uneven tension the teeth will wear and misaligning of the belt can cause damage and wear to the edges. The belt tensioner is another integral part of the engine timing system.
As mentioned previously, precise belt tension is critical when the belt is replaced for the smooth and efficient running of the engine. If the belt is fitted too tight irregular tears may appear and also cause strain and stress to the surrounding components. In extreme situations, if the belt is too tight it this could completely snap causing the engine to fail.
There are also side effects if the vehicle technician fits the belt too loose. The other nearby components may get damaged if they come into contact with the loose belt.
To ensure a long life for the timing belt it is essential a good quality OE Specification belt is used, it must be fitted properly and the surrounding components should also be checked.
febi bilstein recognises the vital role of the engine timing system in both the safety and performance of the vehicle. All febi timing belts are designed, engineered and manufactured to OE specification so you are guaranteed precise performance and maximum durability. febi also manufactures a selection of other associated parts this includes belt tensioners, belt pulleys, crankshaft pulleys and timing belt kits, for all your timing system repair needs. Workshops have the reassurance with febi parts to expect precision with first time fit – every time!