Signs Your Timing Belt Needs to Be Replaced

Timing Belt Replacement

If you want your car to run like a well-oiled machine for years and miles to come, a good timing belt is vital.

You can find the timing belt at the front of your car’s engine. It connects the camshaft and crankshaft and keeps the piston and valve operations in time with each other for a smooth and safe performance. Without it, your Nissan wouldn’t be able to start or function properly. So, it’s important to be aware of any signs your timing belt needs replacing.

To help you with that, the team at Nissan of Mobile is here to share some of the most important signs your timing belt needs replacing. Check them out below and contact our dealership near Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, AL, for more information.

Engine Doesn’t Start

Transmission Service

Is your engine having a difficult time starting? If so, your timing belt may be the issue. Typically, if the timing belt is causing your engine not to start, all you’ll hear is the motor turning when you turn the key or push the start button for your vehicle.

In this situation, you’ll want to have an experienced technician take a peek under the hood to diagnose the issue and replace your timing belt if needed. The sooner you get this done, the better and safer your car will perform.

Ticking Sounds from Your Engine

You may hear lots of sounds under the hood when you’re behind the wheel. However, if your ears are picking up a ticking noise from the motor, you’ll want to have your timing belt checked out.

Ticking is one of the most common signs of a worn timing belt. When it becomes too worn, the parts in the engine won’t be able to work in time with each other to generate a smooth and reliable performance. When this happens, you’ll hear a ticking sound within the motor, warning you that it’s time to get your belt replaced.

Engine Misfires

Engine Fire

If you’ve ever noticed your engine stumble for a second before regaining its composure, you’ve probably experienced an engine misfire. A misfire occurs when one or more of the cylinders aren’t pushing out enough power to the vehicle.

Misfires are a sign of many different performance issues. If your timing belt causes it, it means the pistons and valves within the cylinder aren’t operating in unison.

While they are common, engine misfires can lead to serious performance complications, including decreased mileage, poor engine performance, and even engine fires. So, it’s important to make sure you’re scheduling service for your timing belt if you notice signs of a misfire under the hood.

Low Oil Pressure and Oil Leaks

Signs of oil problems—whether it’s low oil pressure or an oil leak—can be symptoms of a failing timing belt too. If the gasket between the timing cover and the engine block is deteriorating, you’ll see oil level and oil pressure drop.

If there’s not enough oil pressure in your vehicle, you’ll see a low oil pressure light illuminate on your dashboard. If there’s not enough oil in your car, you may notice louder engine noise, as well as lower fuel economy and higher engine temperature.

Schedule Your Service Appointment

Do you think your timing belt is too worn or about to break? Contact the team at Nissan of Mobile for a replacement. Proudly serving drivers all over Mobile, Saraland, and Prichard, Alabama, we’ll help you and your car get back on the road in no time.

Don’t wait—contact our team to schedule your timing belt service appointment today.