Cambelt and Timing Belt Replacement

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Cambelt replacement (or 'timing belt replacement') according to your manufacturer's schedule is essential - as a snapped belt can cause major engine damage. However, replacement can come at a price, which is where our 8,000 garages come in!

It is often cost-effective to replace your Water Pump at the same time.

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Frequently asked questions
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What is a Cambelt?

The cambelt helps your engine run efficiently by making sure its valves open and close in sync. The cambelt ensures your engine parts run in harmony, keeping the timings just right to make the engine as efficient as possible.
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Where is the Cambelt located?

So, where is the cambelt exactly? This depends on your vehicle:
  • In front wheel drive vehicles the cambelt is usually on the left hand side of your engine
  • In rear wheel drive vehicles the cambelt is usually at the front of the engine, usually protected by a plastic cover
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How much does a Cambelt Change cost?

While the rubber Cambelt itself costs very little, there is a certain amount of work and expertise involved in fitting it and ensuring the engine's timing is set correctly. Cambelt change costs vary, ranging from £300-£600. The price will depend on:
  • The make and model of your vehicle
  • Your location
  • Your mechanic or garage
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What are the symptoms of a worn Cambelt?
There are many signs which point to a problem with your cambelt including: High pitched, whirring engine sounds Juddering when the engine is on Difficulty starting up your vehicle Spots of oil or coolant on your cambelt
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What happens if your Cambelt breaks?
If the cambelt breaks it could cause serious internal damage to your engine which can be very expensive or even impossible to fix.
+Should I change my Water Pump and Cambelt at the same time?
Your garage may have recommended a water pump change at the same time as your cambelt change. This is because both parts are located in the same area and typically become worn out at the same point in a vehicle's life. Changing both parts at the same time can save on future labour costs.
Hopefully our FAQ section has answered some of the questions you may have about cambelts. However, if you would like more information, we have the produced the following guide and video to help you understand the subject in greater detail.

A cambelt is a rubber belt responsible for driving the upper and lower part of your car engine.

It synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft(s) as well as opening and closing the pistons which allows air into the engine. In other engines the cambelt may also be responsible for driving components such as the water and oil pump.

Problems and Repair

A snapped cambelt is uncommon however tension issues are more widespread.

If the belt is too loose it will end up whipping around inside the engine which will cause a variety of knock on effects and if the belt is too tight it will put a strain on the bearings of the cogs it's fitted to.

A tight belt will cause a whining noise to be emitted from the engine so if you hear this sound make sure to book a repair as soon as possible. You shouldn’t wait until this happens though, as the damage caused by a faulty cambelt will end up costing you even more money in repairs.

Cost

As you will see in the FAQ section and video above, the cost of a cambelt repair can vary depending on the vehicle and garage. The biggest cost associated with this job type will be the labour itself.

This is because the parts are based deep within the engine and getting to them takes time. The components themselves won’t cost you a huge amount as they are not complex so don’t be surprised to see labour costs making up the biggest part of the bill.

Even if your cambelt doesn’t completely break its important to keep an eye on the component as per the instructions provided by your cars manufacturer, if you leave it for too long, the belt could snap and cause catastrophic engine failure.

The cambelt will need replacing at some point, usually around the 30,000 – 50,000 mile mark but make sure to consult the vehicles owner’s manual to double check as it may vary depending on the vehicle.

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