Buying a car is a big budget for many people, however, to this one you will have to add the routine service of your motor vehicle, and for some routine service acts the bill can be quite high. It is therefore logical to ask yourself when is the best time to execute these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. In this article we are going to describe to you when to change the timing belt on your Chevrolet Equinox? For that, first of all, we are going to discover why it is important to do this act of routine service, then, when to do the timing belt of your Chevrolet Equinox , then, we are going to fairly quickly explain to you how this change is done, and, at last, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Chevrolet Equinox.


Why do we need to change the timing belt of an Chevrolet Equinox?

As we informed you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Chevrolet Equinox represents a considerable budget, so we understand that you are cautious to do it and to allow you to understand the value of this fix, so we will fairly quickly describe why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Chevrolet Equinox’s timing belt function

The timing of a Chevrolet Equinox has a vital purpose in the smooth running of your engine. In truth, it will have the mission to synchronize the valves and pistons, and to make the link between the camshaft, the water pump, the crankshaft and the injection pump . It will enable the engine unit to work properly, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your vehicle travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine unit.

What are the risks if the timing belt is not changed in time?

The issue with the timing of a Chevrolet Equinox is that it is internal to the engine unit. And so, unlike an accessory belt, it is unachievable to visually check its state. So you might presume that this belt is just an unimportant part, but the risks you take if you don’t change it in time are substantial. If the timing of your Chevrolet Equinox breaks, you will most definitely have to change the engine of this one. In truth, the pistons will hit the valves and destroy them, and the camshaft will as well break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more serious the outcomes are. It is therefore fundamental to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Chevrolet Equinox?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to make the timing belt of a Chevrolet Equinox? It is necessary to know that each engine is different and as we explained earlier, we must not miss on the replacement of this part. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Chevrolet Equinox will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, look at your Chevrolet Equinox’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can accomplish before you do the timing . On average, timing belts have a life of 5 to 10 years and a maximum mileage between 80, 000 and 200, 000km .

How to change the timing belt of an Chevrolet Equinox?

As the timing belt of a Chevrolet Equinox represents a high budget, one can logically wonder if it is not possible to change it oneself. Sadly it is very difficult to access and only the most knowledgeable amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will have the ability to consider this operation, we will even so fairly quickly summarize the different steps to be executed to replace this timing belt:

  • Place the Chevrolet Equinox on stands, and based on your engine unit you may possibly have to remove a wheel. Take out the timing gearboxes
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  • To get this done, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine unit elements remain in the right position, otherwise your engine unit will break. Take out the other components that bother you (damper pulley for example).
  • Take out the old distribution after loosening the tension rollers. Before positioning the new one, you must remove all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
  • Place the new water pump.
  • Mount the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
  • Mount the new distribution of your Chevrolet Equinox by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt as outlined by the manufacturer’s specifics.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Check that the engine is running properly.

Replacing the timing belt how much does it cost?

And finally, we’ll try to give you an idea of the price if you want to replace the timing belt of your Chevrolet Equinox . Be aware that if you do it at the garage of the brand or at a motor vehicle center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but in general we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , based on the place where you do it and your engine unit. Please note that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

If you want more guides on the Chevrolet Equinox, go to our Chevrolet Equinox category.