4 Signs You Need Volvo Timing Belt Replacement (and When to Do It)  

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4 Signs You Need Volvo Timing Belt Replacement (and When to Do It)  

While Volvos have an excellent safety and reliability reputation, they still need regular maintenance. Part of that maintenance is changing their timing belt.

The timing belt is located under the timing cover at the front of the engine. Connecting the camshaft and crankshaft, it’s tasked with timing the movement of these two components to keep the valves from hitting the pistons.

Timing belts and timing chains share the same function. The primary difference lies in their construction—the belt is made of rubber, while the chain is made of metal. Being made of rubber makes timing belts more prone to wear and tear, thus, needing timely replacements.

It’s not always easy to realize when a timing belt will break, although some signs indicate imminent failure. Let’s look at the four most common signs.

1. Ticking Noise

If you hear a ticking noise from the engine, the timing belt might be stretched enough so that the valves are tapping the pistons. You might also hear this noise if the engine is low on oil—the lifters will make a clicking noise because they aren’t getting enough oil.

2. Vehicle Not Starting

If the timing belt breaks, the vehicle will not start. In most cases, the engine will turn over really fast.

However, if a broken timing belt has already caused internal damage, there is a chance that the engine won’t turn over because it has bent valves or one or more broken valves or pistons.

3. Engine Misfiring

If you hear the engine misfiring or “missing,” go to a European auto repair specialist to diagnose the problem. If the engine is misfiring, the timing belt could be stretched so far that the valves are not opening and closing at the correct time.

4. Illuminated Check Engine Light

While the check engine light does not tell you the timing belt is bad, it does tell you when the exhaust is rich or lean. When the timing is off, the engine could use too much fuel (rich) or not enough fuel (lean).

Note that many factors could cause a rich or lean condition. It is up to your certified European auto repair technician to determine whether the timing belt or something else is causing the issue.

Need Timing Belt Replacement for Your Volvo? Contact Heights Swedish Solutions in Cleveland Heights, OH

While these four signs can be helpful, don’t wait for them before you decide to replace the timing belt. The best way is to know when to periodically replace a timing belt and get it into the shop before you reach that milestone.

Recommended intervals for Volvos usually range from 60,000 to 100,000 miles, with older models requiring more frequent changes. If replacement is required at 60,000 miles, it’s best to do it at 59,000 miles.

If you need your timing belt changed, Heights Swedish Solutions is the place to go. We are the leading auto repair shop and dealership alternative for Volvo repair and services in Cleveland Heights, OH.

Contact us by filling out this online form or calling (216) 371-5100. Our shop is located at 1815 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH.