As we have told you in previous news, the engine timing is an indispensable part for the efficient operation of the engine. A timing kit controls the synchronization between the crankshaft and the camshaft.

There are two types of timing kits: chain or belt. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of chain-driven engines instead of belt-driven engines.

Do you know why this trend is happening? Because chain timing has a longer life, unlike belt timing.

In the timing kits we can find the following engine parts: chain or timing belt, sprockets, chain tensioner, slides and guides, gaskets and seals.

Sometimes we can find different timing kits applicable to the same engine.


An example is the SHY6 engine which can be found in models such as Mazda 3, Mazda 6 or Mazda CX-5.

In this engine we can find 4 different timing kits, all of them have parts in common such as chains, tensioners, rocker arms… However, some of them include sprockets and gaskets and others do not. It is therefore very important to check with the photo the parts you need to repair the engine and select the correct timing kit.

timing kit
timing kit
timing kit


Unlike the previous case, there are engines such as the Mazda SHY8 that are only fitted with one timing kit.

It is not only the components of the kit that you have to take into account. It is important to consider the characteristics of the engine: displacement, horsepower, year of production, etc…. All these elements are key to the success of all your repairs.

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If you want to know more about engine timing, we leave you the link to the article in which we talk more in detail about this part of the engine and the link where we talk about variable timing.

At Oryx Parts we have a wide range of timing kits, if you need to change this part, contact us!

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