If your equipment's engine stalls or doesn't run right, you may wonder if something's wrong with the combustion chamber. Although a number of problems can occur with your machine's combustion system, the machine's timing belt pulley may be the cause of your problems. The belt may not have enough tension in it to operate your machine. Learn more about timing belt pulleys and what you can do to replace them below.

What's Wrong With the Timing Belt Pulley?

The timing belt pulley uses tension to rotate or turn the gears inside your machine. The pulley must maintain its tension throughout the machine's life. However, timing belt pulleys can loosen up, stretch out, or become weak. The pulley won't have enough tension to rotate your machine's gears.

The symptoms of a loose timing belt pulley can vary. Screeching, rattling, or knocking sounds may come from the machine as you operate it. The belt may make sounds as it tries to rotate the gears. The engine will also struggle to start up on time. You may spend more time trying to start up your equipment than use it.

A number of other issues may occur if the timing belt pulley fails. The best way to solve your problems is to replace the pulley.

How Do You Replace the Pulley?

You can find timing belt pulleys for industrial machines online. After you find a supplier, search through their pulleys. You want to order and purchase a pulley that will last longer than your machine's original pulley.

Also, consider ordering a pulley made of steel or carbon steel. The materials may be stronger and more durable than other types of materials. If you're in doubt about which type of timing belt pulley to order for your machine, consult a supplier online or by phone.

A supplier may need to know the type of machine you need a pulley for before they can assist you further. You want to choose a material that will be compatible with your machine's engine. If possible, try to obtain the product number, make, and model of your machine before you contact a supplier. A supplier can use the information to help you find exactly what you need. 

After you find the right timing belt pulley for your machine, look into other parts that may improve the functions of your machine. 

Learn more about timing belt pulleys by contacting a part supplier today.