What To Do If Your Timing Belt Snaps
Written by Beatriz Berbet

2 min read • Published July 27, 22

You might ask yourself, how do I move the car after the timing belt snaps? Fortunately, it’s not too complicated. Look up your vehicle to see the best thing to do in this situation.

What is a timing belt?

It is a crucial part of your car’s engine and responsible for ensuring the engine’s valves open and close at the correct times. It is made of tough rubber and is located inside the engine. Over time, it can become worn down and eventually snap. If this happens, it can cause severe damage to your engine.

If you think your timing belt may be getting close to snapping, it’s essential to take your car to a mechanic immediately. They can tell if the belt needs to be replaced and can do so before it causes any damage.

What could happen if snaps?

If the timing belt snaps, the engine will stop running and won’t start again. It is responsible for synchronizing the engine’s valves with the pistons, and without it, the engine won’t be able to run. This can cause extensive damage to the engine and may need to be replaced.

Should I call a mechanic?

If it snaps, you should call a mechanic as soon as possible. Depending on the make and model of your car, a replacement can be a simple and relatively inexpensive fix. However, if it is not replaced on time, it can cause extensive damage.

How to move the car after the timing belt snaps

Here are a few tips:

1. If your car has an automatic transmission, keep it neutral. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, put it in second gear.

2. Gently push the car until it’s in a safe place to stop. Avoid braking if possible.

3. Once the car is stopped, turn off the engine and call for roadside assistance.

Replacing the timing belt

Don’t panic! You can replace the timing belt yourself, and it’s not as difficult as you think.

First, you’ll need to purchase a new one. You can find these at most auto parts stores. Once you have the new belt, follow these steps to replace it:

1. Remove the old. This will likely involve removing some other parts, like the water pump or idler pulley. Consult your vehicle’s repair manual for specific instructions.

2. Clean the surface of the pulleys where the runs are. This will help ensure that the new belt runs smoothly.

3. Install the new according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Again, your vehicle’s repair manual will be helpful here.

4. Re-install any removed parts to access the timing belt (like the water pump or idler pulley).

5. Start the engine and check that everything is running smoothly. If all goes well, you’ve successfully replaced!

Beatriz Berbet

Marketing & Social Media Intern

As a Marketing and Social Media intern, Beatriz takes care of social networks and is responsible for making people know more about Savings.Club on the internet. When she's not working or at university, you'll find her with a book and a glass of wine.