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Timing Cover at 1A Auto

What is a Timing Cover and where is it Located?

The timing cover’s job is to protect your timing belt or timing chain. Typical modern day engines use either a belt or a chain to connect your crankshaft to your camshaft and maintain timing between the pistons and the valves. Timing chains need to be lubricated with oil to keep them running smoothly and to reduce wear. In these cases, the timing cover, sealed to the front of the engine block, holds the oil in. Timing belts do not require lubrication, but they still get covers to protect them from the outside elements. Some timing belt covers are made up of two or more pieces. Timing chain covers are made of metal; timing belt covers can be made of metal or plastic. Timing covers usually have a gasket that sits between the cover and the engine. They may also have seals for the crankshaft and camshaft.

How do I Know if my Timing Cover Needs to be Replaced?

Timing covers can develop various problems which inhibit their ability to keep oil in and foreign material out. Most of these can be seen visually. Plastic covers may crack, while metal covers may become corroded. If they develop too much wear, timing chain covers may begin to leak oil.

A timing chain or belt that needs to be replaced sooner than expected might be a sign that the timing cover is not doing its job. Timing covers are pretty resistant to wear, so they tend not to wear out usually. Sometimes they can crack or warp if bolts are over-tightened during installation. They may also be damaged from the inside by loose or rattling timing parts. Generally, you’ll want to inspect your timing cover any time you are replacing your timing belt or chain.  

Can I Replace a Timing Cover Myself?

Replacing the timing cover can be a very involved job, and can take nearly as long as replacing the timing belt or chain itself. If you decided to replace the timing cover yourself, you may need a specialty tool called a harmonic balancer puller or a crank pulley tool that will lock it in place so the crankshaft bolt can be removed without turning the crank. 

Before you begin, you should disconnect the battery and drain the radiator. You may need to remove several engine components to access the timing cover. Some of these include the serpentine or drive belt, belt tensioner, the water pump and coolant, engine mounts, inner fender plastic panels, and the cooling fan. Then you will need to remove the harmonic balancer or crankshaft pulley. Then, you can unbolt the timing cover and pull it off. Clean off any residue from the old gasket. Apply the new gasket and bolt the new timing cover into place, being sure not to over-tighten the bolts. Then you can reinstall the other parts that were removed, refill and bleed the radiator and reconnect the battery. 

Need a Timing Cover Replacement?

Has your timing cover cracked or been damaged? If so, you can find a replacement right here at 1A Auto! We carry a large selection of aftermarket timing covers for many makes and models, and at great prices. They are built to replace your original exactly, so you can have peace of mind that it will fit just like your old one.

We also make shopping for a replacement timing belt or chain cover for your car, truck, SUV or van easy at 1A Auto - we're here to help you select the right part for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our timing covers, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online. Replace your broken, warped, or corroded timing cover now with a great fitting alternative.

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