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The function of the cam (timing) belt is to maintain a fixed relationship between the crankshaft and the camshaft (which revolves to open the engine's intake and exhaust valves) at all times. In the event that some of the teeth are worn off the belt, it may change the position of the crankshaft relative to the camshaft to reduce engine compression and power. If the cam belt has stretched or the belt tensioner is improperly adjusted, the cam belt can jump on the cam sprocket to alter the relationship between the crankshaft and camshaft. When a direct check of the valve timing confirms that the cam belt has stretched or become broken, it should be replaced immediately.

Replacing a worn-out cam belt is much easier and cheaper than replacing your crankshaft, camshaft, and belt. That's why you need to schedule regular maintenance on your car to catch problems when they are small and simple, rather than after they turn into huge and expensive failures. Our experienced technicians can provide the preventative care that can catch small problems, like an aging cam belt, before they become big repair bills.

Give us a call 952-473-4848 today for an appointment. Our address is 2220 Daniels Street, Long Lake. Be sure to visit our website at www. chunksautomotiveservice.com for a chance to win free gas!

HINT: Symtoms of impending cam belt failure include excessive exhaust gases, excessive engine vibration/noises, and starting issues.