The timing belt runs on a series of fixed and mobile bearings, and also passes through the toothed pulley of the water pump: it is used continuously and undergoes severe mechanical stresses at very high engine compartment temperatures. If it breaks, this may cause serious, and sometimes irreparable, damage.
It is crucial to pay close attention to the mileages and time periods set out in the owner handbook for your car, in order to avoid accidental breakage of the belt with the engine running, which could cause serious and significant engine damage: bent valves, tilted rods, holes in pistons, etc.
Timing system maintenance is very delicate and must always be carried out:
- Within the time periods set out in the owner handbook
- By highly qualified professionals
When replacing the timing system during a service, it is recommended that you replace all connected components at the same time as the timing belt, such as the tensioner bearings, transmission roll and, where present, the water pump, which is an active component that works alongside the timing system components.
For the scheduled servicing of your vehicle, ask for the Mopar® timing kit: a complete solution containing the timing belt plus all the related components, including the water pump.
The timing kit guarantees the most accurate and convenient servicing possible. The Fiat Service Network's highly specialised personnel will be able to recommend the best repair solution for your needs.