Timing tools are useful when servicing engine timing components. However, there is not much information about them. So what exactly is timing tool?
A timing tool is a type of car tools that fixes the timing position of an engine during maintenance. This is necessary, for example, when replacing a timing belt, or when servicing other parts and the belt or chain must be removed. When setting the time, especially after rebuilding the engine. Timing tools go by many different names, such as engine timing tools, camshaft timing tools, or simply cam timing tools. Some sellers even call them timing belt tools because they are used when changing belts, and are sometimes called timing chain tools.
The basic function of an engine timing tool is to hold the movable parts of the cam timing system in place. This helps prevent the set timing from getting out of sync, which could have disastrous effects on the engine. But what is cam timing? Your car's engine runs on two timing systems; the camshaft and ignition timing. Cam timing, also known as cam timing, involves the synchronized operation of pistons and valves. Specifically the piston must reach the TDC position at the correct time for the spark plug to fire or compress to ignite the air-fuel mixture. More importantly, the piston must move relative to the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. This timing movement relies on the rotation of the crankshaft relative to the camshaft.
The crankshaft rotates as the pistons move up and down, while the camshaft opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves. This ensures correct and efficient operation of the engine. Timing also helps prevent pistons and valves from colliding during certain engine operations. Camshaft timing is usually preset by the automaker. To protect it, a toothed belt or chain is used to connect the crankshaft to the camshaft. When the engine is running, the belt turns the camshaft to follow the manufacturer's timing.
Removing the straps allows the two parts to move freely on their own. Other components may also rotate, causing timing confusion. That's where the automotive timing tools comes in. The timing tool basically locks the crankshaft, camshaft, and several other parts in place, preventing them from rotating. Timing tools are also useful when readjusting timing components during or after repairs that involve removing cam belts.