Buying a car is a big budget for the majority of us, however, to this one you will have to add the maintenance of your motor vehicle, and for some maintenance works the bill can be quite high. It is consequently obvious to ask yourself when is the right time to carry out these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. On this page we are going to explain to you when to change the timing belt on your Jeep Gladiator? For that, to begin with, we are going to discover why it is necessary to do this act of maintenance, then, when to do the timing belt of your Jeep Gladiator , then, we are going to quickly demonstrate to you how this replace is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Jeep Gladiator.
Why do we need to change the timing belt of an Jeep Gladiator?
As we explained to you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Jeep Gladiator represents a considerable budget, so we discover that you are reluctant to do it and to allow you to discover the benefit of this fix, so we will quickly explain why it is so important to do it on time.
Your Jeep Gladiator’s timing belt function
The timing of a Jeep Gladiator has an important function in the smooth running of your engine. In actual fact, 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 allow 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 on time?
The problem with the timing of a Jeep Gladiator is that it is internal to the engine unit. And therefore, unlike an accessory belt, it is unachievable to visually check its state. So you might believe that this belt is just an unimportant component, but the risks you take if you don’t change it in time are big. If the timing of your Jeep Gladiator breaks, you will most certainly have to change the engine of this one. In actual fact, the pistons will hit the valves and damage them, and the camshaft will as well break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more severe the results are. It is therefore crucial to make your timing belt on time .
When to do the timing belt of its Jeep Gladiator?
We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to make the timing belt of a Jeep Gladiator? It is required to know that each engine is different and as we described earlier, we must not miss on the replacement of this component. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Jeep Gladiator will be the less you will have to worry about your belt. Nevertheless, check out your Jeep Gladiator’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can achieve 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 Jeep Gladiator?
As the timing belt of a Jeep Gladiator represents a high budget, one can logically question if it is not possible to change it oneself. Sadly it is very hard to access and only the most knowledgeable amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will have the ability to consider this process, we will nevertheless quickly illustrate the different steps to be accomplished to replace this timing belt:
- Place the Jeep Gladiator on stands, and depending on your engine unit you may possibly have to remove a wheel. Take out the timing gearboxes
- To achieve this, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine unit elements remain in the right position, in any other case 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 take out all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
- Mount the new water pump.
- Install the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
- Install the new distribution of your Jeep Gladiator by respecting the markers.
- Tension the belt according to the manufacturer’s info.
- Put the rest of it back together.
- Verify that the engine is running properly.
Changing 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 Jeep Gladiator . Be aware that if you do it at the mechanic of the brand or at a motor vehicle center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but generally we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , depending on the place where you do it and your engine unit. Please note that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.
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