Have you ever seen the high-flying acts of trapeze artists? If you think that plummeting to the ground is the only way that they can get hurt, then think again. Performers can have their arm muscles overstretched or even tear. They can even dislocate their shoulders. This is why every swing needs to be perfectly timed and coordinated. More than making the act look effortless and graceful, clockwork-like precision decreases the risk of injury. Just like those artists, the components of your Honda engine perform a trapeze act of their own. Within the cylinder, the intake and exhaust valves take turns sticking their necks out while the piston is down. But before the valves get hit by the returning piston, they retreat so that they can repeat the process all over again.
Coordinating this intricate act in your Honda is the Honda timing belt. Usually made of plain-looking silicone-enhanced rubber, … Read More