Camshafts are critical components when it comes to making sure that your engine runs properly. As indicated by their name, they're composed of two separate parts -- a cam (or lobe) and a shaft. A camshaft is responsible for activating the intake and exhaust valves in the engine cylinders.
What Your Camshafts Do
When the shaft part of a camshaft rotates, the cams push the valves open in sync with the crankshaft's gears. They're able to do that thanks to the timing belt, which connects the camshafts to the crankshaft. If you drive a newer model, however, your vehicle may feature a more durable timing chain rather than a timing belt.
In modern vehicles such as yours, the camshaft is located in the engine's cylinder head. A single overhead cam engine features one cam for each bank, with it placed between valve stems, and rocker arms to transmit movement to the valves. With a dual overhead cam engine, though, there are two cams per bank. They usually sit right over the valve stems, with one serving intake valves and the other serving the exhaust valves.
How to Spot Bad Camshafts
Due to the fact that they're typically made of steel, camshafts are less likely to fail than other engine parts. However, they can go bad and negatively affect your engine's performance. Examples include:
Choose Genuine OEM Camshafts for Best Performance
If you're experiencing any of these problems, have your engine fully inspected. If a camshaft or lifter needs to be replaced, be sure to get the best part for your vehicle. The ones made by your manufacturer are designed specifically for your model and its engine, ensuring the compatible fit and performance you want. Find everything you need for the project right here in our online auto parts catalog, in stock and ready to ship. By now!
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