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When should the timing belt and water pump be changed?

When should the timing belt and water pump be changed?
Tuesday, august 23, 2022

These elements, the water pump and the timing belt, are parts of the vehicle that must be replaced by professionals because they are the ones who are qualified to perform the operation with guarantees.

These elements used to be replaced separately, but nowadays they are usually replaced at the same time to take advantage of the disassembly to change both parts and not having to do it twice and also to fit better.

When should the timing belt and water pump be changed? These elements of the vehicle, the water pump and the timing belt, are parts of the vehicle that must be replaced by workshop professionals because they are the ones who are qualified to perform the operation with guarantees. Some time ago these elements were replaced separately, but nowadays they are usually replaced at the same time, and so you can take advantage of the disassembly to change both parts and not have to do it twice and also to fit better.

Replace the water pump and timing belt together.

Each part, according to the manufacturers, have different recommendations to be replaced, since water pumps usually have a lifespan of 90,000 Km and distribution belts have a mileage range to make this change, it is usually between 60.000 and 160.000 Km, in addition to taking into account the use that has been given to the vehicle, that is, more routes by road has been made, more mountain, urban circuit...

In the case of the timing belt it is convenient to be aware of it, in the periodic reviews that can be carried out in your garage. In Talleres Martínez we check it to verify its status and thus inform you of the possibility of replacing it or not.

If the replacement of both parts is performed at the same time, as we have already seen the margin that we have in each one, can be unified in the lower range, this means that you can do the substitution at 90,000 Km that are within the margin of each piece and match.

Apart from the kilometers traveled, we must take into account some symptoms that may indicate that the water pump is starting to fail and its replacement will be necessary, for example:

*The engine overheats

*Slack has been detected in the pulley

*The squeak of the bearings

*Detect a noise from the pump

*Smell of lubricant in the engine

*The coolant is insufficient

The timing belt has to be replaced by professionals as we have indicated above because it is a complex operation, but it is done more often than you imagine and it is convenient to perform it at the time to avoid unnecessary expenses. If it is not done when it is due, it can produce other mechanical failures that will make the garage bill higher.

How to act in the face of possible breakdowns, while we take the car to the garage

The first indicator is to look at the engine temperature indicator, if it is higher than it normally is, it is best to make an appointment in the garage, or we can make a check by turning on the heating of the vehicle at maximum power, stop the vehicle and then check the radiator and see if it is still hot, if so, surely the pump has stopped working properly. If this is the case, the drive belt has risen in temperature and may also be unusable.

You can check if it works by checking for fluid leaks in the vehicle, and this can be done by checking the parking spot and looking for puddles after you have parked. This article explained the different marks of liquids and their shades to identify them. If it’s green, it’ll be the coolant.

From Talleres Martínez we want to be at your side to offer you the best tips to keep your vehicle in perfect condition. Therefore, if you detect any of the symptoms indicated above related to the water pump with the timing belt do not hesitate to take your appointment here.

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