Make Your Old Car New Again

by RobertKeith

There are a few things you may do to make your old car new again. However, regular maintenance is one of the best things you can do to preserve your vehicle.

Also, your timing belt is a part that needs to be changed regularly. This element opens and closes valves, drives camshafts and supplies the water, fuel, and oil pumps. This setup is the case on most BMW or Mercedes models for example. On the other hand, unless you have the tools and skills of a professional, a belt replacement is particularly risky. Indeed, during repairs, it may be manipulated, and it may then relax and become unusable.

Also, the periodicities of replacement are very variable according to the makes and the models. Moreover, most after-sales disputes involving the belt are the result of assembly errors. Therefore, you need to know why, when and how to change the timing belt. 

The correct functioning of the belt depends on its state of degradation. It is, therefore, necessary to be particularly attentive to the intervals recommended by the manufacturer and, in all cases, to anticipate them by a few months. Eventually, wear can cause the belt to break or come out of the sprockets that hold it in place. 

Asian man driving new car
Asian man driving new car

However, if you're going to try to save money on this item, forget it: you shouldn't take it lightly. All these problems, which can be dire consequences, will not affect a regularly maintained engine. The belt is an essential element that ensures the smooth operation of all the systems that make up the vehicle mechanism. It also needs to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. The replacement of the timing belt represents a substantial budget for a motorist. 

Years ago, distribution was ensured by a steel chain with double or even triple links which had the merit of requiring no maintenance, except periodic tension adjustments. On the other hand, cracks may occur on a belt if the outer roller is worn. Moreover, no suspicious noise will warn you of any wear, and it is therefore without any warning that a belt can break. 

Maintenance, therefore, should be done in a preventive manner. You should also prefer used cars that have recently had their belts replaced. The changing of the timing belt is, therefore, an operation that is as imperative as it is expensive. Also, view this link for more data: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timing_belt_(camshaft) 

The role of the timing belt is a crucial aspect to understand. The timing belt is the central device of the vehicle, which ensures the synchronization of the various mechanical elements of the engine. Some manufacturers like Audi, Toyota, and BMW continue to use a chain (supposed to last the life of the car) for some of their engines, Mercedes being the only one still to equip all its motors. 

A timing belt is driven by the crankshaft pinion, which in turn starts the camshaft pulley, the injection pump pulley (for diesel engines) and the water pump for most motors. A belt must ensure its role of synchronization between the valves and the pistons, to preserve its tension. The mileage covered can also be taken into account, the replacement of the belt being planned every 40,000 to 100,000 miles. 

Another rule to make your old car new again: Do not wash your vehicle’s body when it is hot and in the sun. Remember, a bottle of car cleaner will, however, have the drawback of emptying much faster if you apply it on a hot body. Remember, a day when we will not have to lift the hood or take out the sponge is still far away. 

Also, be careful to use an anti-freeze fluid in winter. Remember, protecting the body of your car by using wax is a step often neglected by many owners because the time spent on manual washing is already significant in itself. Moreover, it is best to park your vehicle in a garage if you have the ability. 

For the reasons mentioned above, washing by hand is the most popular method for manic owners who want to pamper their beloved car. However, do not allow soap time to dry, and rinse the body as often as possible. Another great thing to do for your vehicle is get tinting on the windows. Remember, look around to make sure you get the best CT tinting prices.

Updated: 05/30/2018, RobertKeith
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 09/28/2018

RobertKeith, Thank you for the practical information and links. In regard to your statement that "The correct functioning of the belt depends on its state of degradation," what about car care and driving routes and styles slows down or speeds up the deterioration?

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