What is a Cambelt?
The cambelt is a rubber belt which controls the timing of a vehicle’s internal combustion engines. It is vital in the process of making the vehicle run smoothly as it also ensures the crankshaft and camshaft rotate in synchronisation.
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.
Signs that your Cambelt needs Replacing
- A squealing noise can be heard when starting the vehicle
- Starting issues
- A glazed or glossy look to the belt
Cambelt Replacement prices
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.
If you are looking for cambelt repair or cambelt replacement, WhoCanFixMyCar is the best place to find cambelt change cost online.
Cambelt change is a relatively simple repair and cambelt replacement price should generally be close the the national average as shown at the top of this page.
However, it is impossible to predict cambelt replacement cost as each car is different, as is the extent of damage.
How much to change timing belt?
(A timing belt is another word for a cambelt)
The cost to change a timing belt should not vary from the cost to change a cambelt as they are literally the same thing.
So if you want to know how much to change a timing belt, you can use the form at the top of this page to get a quote for a new timing belt.
If you want to replace timing belt and want to find out the timing belt change cost from local garages, make sure to use WhoCanFixMyCar.
Timing belt replacement cost will vary from one car to another however timing belt replacement should not be the most expensive repair.
Remember, if you want to replace timing belt yourself, don't! Trying to carry out a repair yourself is incredibly dangerous!
Replace timing belt cost will only spiral out of control if you attempt it yourself and then take it to a garage for timing belt change.
The last thing you want is timing belt change cost to increase!
Get Your Cambelt Repaired or Replaced with WhoCanFixMyCar
Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we have simplified the process.
We work with a network of over 10,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive Cambelt repair deals for you.
To find the best Cambelt Replacement or Repair service available in your region;
- Enter your car registration number
- Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
- We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area
- You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best Cambelt deal in your area, before booking the Cambelt Replacement or Repair online.
- For more information on the cost of Cambelt Repair, read our dedicated blog post.