BMW Cambelt and Timing Belt Replacement

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Cambelt replacement (or 'timing belt replacement') according to your BMW'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 and BMW Mobile Mechanics come in! It is often cost-effective to replace your Water Pump at the same time.

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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 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 BMWs 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 above, the cost of a cambelt repair can vary depending on the BMW 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 BMW owner’s manual to double check as it may vary depending on the vehicle.

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