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What does a comprehensive vehicle inspection include?

The inspection will include everything the manufacturer specifies and is required for the logbook service. Everything below, and much much more!

  • 1. Test drive

    The engine, drivetrain, brakes and suspension in your vehicle will be tested to ensure that they are up to standard.

  • 2. Operational check

    The standard components of your vehicle such as seat belts, lights, wipers including washers and arm mechanism, horn will be inspected. The air/cabin filters and housing will also be checked.

  • 3. Digital battery check

    Your battery will be tested and printed results will be provided.

  • 4. Vehicle digital diagnostic scan

    A complete electronic diagnostic scan, with forefront equipment.

  • 5. Inspection of underbody

    A visual inspection will be conducted for leaks from your engine, exhaust system, fuel line and gearbox.

  • 6. Tyre pressure and tread wear check

    The condition, pressure and tread wear of your tyres (including the spare) will be inspected to ensure that it is up to the legal standard.

  • 7. Brake wear recommendation

    A precise measurement can be provided to you. This will also include a fluid condition check.

  • 8. Suspension system check

    Joints and bearings in your vehicle will be checked for any leaks.

  • 9. Final assessment of vehicle

    The wheels are cross checked and a final road test is performed to ensure quality of the service and operations performed.

Is it time to replace your timing belt?

Last updated 06/05/2021

A timing belt is an essential part of your car’s engine. Responsible for synchronising the motor, this not-so-simple bit of rubber ensures that your vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently.

Unfortunately, timing belts cost a pretty penny to replace, but you’re much better off maintaining this component of the engine than risking potential damage and even more expense due to a broken timing belt.

What is a timing belt

A timing belt is a banded loop of sturdy rubber, reinforced with nylon cords. You’ll find it positioned between the pistons and the valves, handling extreme pressure every day that leads to its deterioration over time. The timing belt links the camshaft to the crankshaft and controls their timing so that your vehicle doesn’t miss a beat. The camshaft is responsible for opening and closing the engine’s valves, while the crankshaft manages the pistons.

 

What does a timing belt do

A timing belt is a vital component of an ‘interference engine’. If you don’t speak car, an interference engine is a type of four-stroke internal combustion engine where one or more valves extend into an area of the motor where a piston may also travel when they’re fully open. These engines rely on the timing belt to ensure the pistons and valves operate in sync with each other, protecting them from striking against each other and causing game-over damage.

How to check a timing belt

Your timing belt is hidden away at the front of the engine, making it tricky to check quickly or confidently. If you’re skilled enough to remove the timing belt cover without professional help, your timing belt should be free of fraying and cracked rubber, boasting a healthy teeth lining inside the belt. Teeth wear is bad. If you’re not able to crack the cover, there are a few common signs that your timing belt is on the way out.

When to replace a timing belt

Here are some common symptoms that indicate when it’s time to perform a timing belt change. One telltale sign you can’t ignore is the classic timing belt noise - you’ll know it by an irregular ticking, rattle or squeak coming from your engine. Some other indicators that should signal that your timing belt needs replacing include:

  • Engine won’t turn over
  • Engine backfires
  • Oil leaking from in front of motor
  • Smell of burnt rubber coming from engine

While most manufacturers have recommended replacement intervals for parts like timing belts, the replacement of your timing belt is also dependent on the age of your vehicle and the distance it has travelled. As a general rule, timing belts should be replaced every 6-10 years or every 40,000 to 150,000 kilometres.

How to replace a timing belt - should you DIY?

When it comes to timing belt replacement, unless you know your car’s engine like the back of your hand, this job is best left to the professionals. Because your timing belt is located deep in the engine - and we mean deep - your mechanic will generally recommend a full timing belt service while they are diagnosing the issue. They may end up replacing your water pump and changing your radiator coolant, due to their similar lifespan and rate of wear. It’s better to get these things checked now rather than running the risk of a breakdown or the expense of a repeat visit!

How much does a timing belt replacement cost?

Replacing a timing belt can set you back anywhere from $500 to $900+. However, a little short term pain for your hip pocket is better than the alternative of having to completely replace or recondition your engine should your timing belt break and cause some serious damage!

Maintaining your timing belt can be a costly chore, but the risk of not giving this part a little TLC isn’t worth it. If you think your timing belt could be coming to the end of its tether, give the friendly team at mycar a call on 13 13 28 or find your nearest store to have it checked out.

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