All cars have inside of them a component commonly referred as an accessory belt. Anyone that has popped the hood of their car will have seen the belt. One of the components within the vehicle that this belt drive is the AC compressor. The older this belt gets, the more likely it is to experience serious wear and tear, eventually needing to be replaced.
Not all cars only have a single belt. There are also car models that have another belt in them, called a timing belt. One cannot see this particular belt. Its purpose is to connect the cylinder head to the crankshaft. Not all cars have belts doing this job. Some of them will have a chain. Whether it is a chain or a belt, the fact remains that at some point it will need to be replaced. Normally a timing belt can expect to need replacement after 240,000 Km.
What to do when a Belt Breaks
When a belt in your vehicle breaks, whether it is the accessory belt or the timing belt. You will find that your car stops working. The engine will shut down every time you attempt to start it. Or the engine could start even though the accessory belt is broken, but seeing as it is driving the alternator, the car doesn’t drive for very long. This is all why one should get regular check-ups for their car’s belts. It can be the difference between driving and not driving.
The Cost of Replacement
You won’t find that the cost of replacement will be uniform. However, generally, the amount of money that you can expect to spend on the replacement of the accessory belt can be anywhere between $80 and $200. If you would like to know what to look out for in the future when it comes to signs that your belt needs replacing, here is one: The belt will begin squealing when your car is running.
When it comes to the replacement of the timing belt, this is when you can expect the cost to begin getting more expensive. In fact, it can make a sizeable dent in your bank account. The numbers are huge. Anywhere from $500 to $1000 is the amount that is generally quoted for the cost of replacing a timing belt. Breakage of the timing belt can also lead to damage to other components within the vehicle’s engine, such as the valves. This has the risk of bumping the cost up even more in order to repair those parts. It can be over $3000.
When the cost gets that high, if your car isn’t even worth that amount of money it may be an idea to sell the car to your local car wreckers and buy another one.
If you do get the timing belt replaced, you may also be advised to get the water pump replaced as well. This is because the timing belt is often also driving the water pump.