The timing belt (or cam belt) is located at the front of the engine and is driven by the crankshaft, which drives the cam shaft. Some manufacturers are going back to the good old-fashioned chain drive, which needs no replacement or maintenance, but most timing belts are still made from rubber and will deteriorate over time.
Manufacturers usually recommend replacement after 100,000k or 5 years, however the Territory climate is tough on rubber. It’s all in the timing. If you leave it too late, you’ll hear the dreaded clatter-bang-crash of a broken belt. Your vehicle will grind to a halt and you’ll wonder what other damage has been caused to the engine? Call AANT Roadside Assistance 131 111 and let them know you’ll be needing a tow.
Prevention is better than cure. On a front wheel drive vehicle, the belt is completely covered up, requiring covers, pulleys and ancillary belts to be dismantled to gain access. To save money down the track, when replacing your timing belt, ask your AANT Approved Repairer to check other components while this part of the engine is dismantled, such as idler pulleys, tensioners, water pump, crankshaft and camshaft seals, and ancillary drive belts.
And it’s a good idea to keep all your paper work. It will provide good proof of service history when you want to sell your car. Savvy buyers will always ask, “when did you last change the timing belt?”