TIMING BELTS & PULLEYS PT. 2: TIMING BELT WEAR SIGNS | MECH MINUTES
If you’re curious about timing belt wear signs, you’ve come to the right place, the second installment in our MechMinutes Timing Belts and Pulleys series. If you’re looking to get familiar with the differences between timing, round, V, and flat belts and pulleys, check out our first episode for belt and pulley basics. In this episode, we’ll be examining the warning signs that your timing belt is wearing down and might be about to fail.
If you’ve installed and are using your timing belt correctly, there can often be no warning of wear before it fails. In this case, it’s highly recommended to replace the belt at the manufacturer’s specified lifespan as preventative maintenance, to avoid catastrophic failure and machine downtime. Most belts are designed to last 3 years, given 8 to 16 hours operation per day, 5 days a week.
Determining whether a belt has wear signs due to improper setup or operation usually does not require special tools or equipment. Check out our video below to learn about how to visually identify these wear signs: