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Cambelt replacement near you

Published: 20 May 2022

Cambelt Replacement Near You

The cambelt or the timing belt are essentially the same thing. The timing belt or chain - depending on your car model - controls the timing of your car’s combustion engine, so if the timing is off for the cylinder valves to open or close, then the engine parts can become seriously damaged. Your car simply cannot work properly if the timing belt is not working efficiently.

How often should the cambelt belt/chain be changed?

Depending on your vehicle you may have a timing belt (rubber) or chain (metal); this will be in your owner's manual. You should also check the manufacturer’s recommended timing belt/chain change interval as this can vary significantly from 4 to 6 years or 40,000 to 100,000 miles. When getting your car serviced, the mechanic will often advise you on when the change will be needed. We recommend that you get your car serviced annually to keep an eye on any timing belt issues. Through our database, we can find a garage near you to book in a service for your car today.

How do I know when my timing belt needs replacing?

Often the timing belt will snap with no warning, however the following are some signs to look out for to ensure this doesn’t happen to you:

  • Car leaking oil
  • Overheating
  • Car engine won’t turn over, misfires or won’t start
  • Grinding noises
  • Metal shavings in your engine oil
  • Water leaking

If you notice any of the above, it is best to get your timing belt checked over by a specialist.

What causes timing belt/chain problems?

Other than old age these are some of the main causes of timing belt problems:

  • Misalignment - this is caused by excessive and uneven wear of the belt
  • Dirt or Debris on the belt or pulleys - can reduce the efficiency 
  • Torn Belt - this will decrease the timing belts lifespan
  • Under-tensioned belt - causes uneven wear and tear

The above, although small problems, can lead to you having the added expense of a timing belt replacement, highlighting another reason as to why you should get this checked over regularly.

How much to change a timing belt?

The average cost of a timing belt change in the UK is £350 but can go up to as much as £1,200, so this will vary depending on the make and model of your car. Keep in mind that a mechanic may recommend changing the water pump/coolant at the same time as the timing belt, this may increase your overall cost.

How long to change a timing belt?

Changing the timing belt is quite labour intensive and can take anywhere between 4-8 hours, depending on the vehicle. 

Quickly compare pricing and find a trusted mechanic near you through our network of qualified garages.

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