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How to Tell If Your Belt Tensioner Is Bad

A belt tensioner is an essential part of any car. Also known as the timing belt, the belt tensioner is an internal component of your car’s engine that interacts with other parts of the engine to get your car driving smoothly and safely. The belt tensioner is subjected to a lot of force from the many mechanisms housed within the engine, and because of this you will need to eventually replace it with a new belt tensioner. However, how do you know when to replace your belt tensioner? The best advice is to contact a trusted mechanic from MOBI Automotive by calling (858) 610-6646, but we also have provided a few of the common symptoms of a bad belt tensioner.

Your Engine Makes a Ticking Noise

When the belt tensioner begins to wear out and may slowly be going bad, it can make a ticking sound that comes from the inside of the engine and motor. However, just because you hear a ticking sound does not necessarily mean that it is the belt tensioner. The ticking can also be a sign of a dry engine that needs lubrication or low oil pressure. That is why you need to take your car to a mechanic the second you hear the engine making a ticking sound, as they will be able to diagnose what exactly the issue is and fix it.

Your Engine Misfires

As the belt tensioner wears out, the fire rate of your engine may also be impacted. This can cause a cylinder in the engine to open or close before it should for normal car functioning, possibly causing an engine misfire. These misfires can cause serious damage to your engine and eventually lead to engine failure if your belt tensioner is not replaced.

Your Engine Won’t Turn Over or Ignite

If you have a busted belt tensioner the engine will have difficulty igniting or turning over. When you put your keys in the ignition and turn them to start your vehicle, you may hear the motor begin to engage but it will refuse to turn over. While it is irritating that your car will not start, this is actually indicative of a more serious problem that can cause terminal damage to your car’s engine.

Your Engine Leaks Oil

Another sign that your belt tensioner is damaged or broken is if motor oil is leaking from in front of the motor. Leaking oil from the belt tensioner can lead to the engine overheating, so if you see any leaking oil make sure to call a mechanic as soon as possible.

Have a Trusted Mechanic Inspect Your Belt Tensioner

If your car is making ticking noises, misfiring, won’t turn over, or is leaking oil, it may be a faulty belt tensioner. If that is the case, you will need a trusted mobile mechanic to get under the hood and fix what ails your car. MOBI Automotive sends some of the best mobile mechanics in San Diego to you, saving you the hassle of getting your broken down car to a different location. They will immediately be able to diagnose and fix what is wrong with your car and get your engine running great. If you are interested in learning more or would like a mechanic to inspect your car, contact MOBI Automotive today. Give us a call at (858) 610-6646.

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