How to Spot Timing Belt Issues for Your Vehicle in Duluth, Georgia


Without a fully functioning timing belt, your engine won’t run as the timing belt is an internal engine component that rotates the engine’s cam and crankshaft in sync and ensures each cylinder fires at the appropriate time. Your timing belt is located under a timing cover in the front of the engine and subject to incredible forces inside your motor. This force will cause your timing belt to require replacement over time. Discover how to spot symptoms of trouble to help you avoid a timing belt failure.


  1. Oil Leaking From Front of the Motor - When the gasket between the engine block and timing cover wears out, is cracked, or has been improperly installed and is pinched, an oil leak may occur. Leaking oil from the timing belt cover commonly results in engine overheating as well and can prematurely war the timing belt.

  2. Engine Misfires - A worn timing belt might also impact the engine’s fire rate. Sometimes, the belt will slip on the camshaft drive and cause one cylinder to open or close earlier than it should. This might cause a misfire situation and, if not replaced soon, may result in catastrophic engine damage.

  3. Engine Won’t Turn Over - if the timing belt has broken inside, the engine will not be able to turn over or ignite. When you turn the key, you might hear the starter motor engage, but since the timing belt operates the crank and camshaft, it will be unable to turn over.

  4. Ticking Noise Coming From Engine - The timing belt is attached by way of a series of pulleys to the engine’s crank and camshaft. When the timing belt starts wearing out, it may create a ticking sound inside the motor. The warning sign may also be an indication of low oil pressure or the engine not having the proper amount of lubrication.


To determine when the replacement interval is scheduled and have the timing belt replaced by a professional mechanic, check with your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you are in need of an evaluation of your timing belt system, the service professionals at Acura Carland are here to help you maintain your vehicle’s engine. We are proud to serve our Alpharetta and Atlanta area customers. Visit us at 3403 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096 or give us a call at (770) 214-7066 to schedule your next service appointment. Our service hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM-7 PM and Saturdays 7 AM-5 PM. You can also schedule your service appointment online anytime.
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