Oct 10, 2019
A cambelt is a vital bit of kit in our cars and thankfully, if something goes wrong it can be easily sorted by a professional. But how do you know when a cambelt needs replaced and how much does it cost?
A cambelt or known to some as a timing belt, is one of the most crucial parts of a car’s engine. Basically, it’s a rubber belt with teeth on it, used to synchronise the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft.
A cambelt or timing belt is responsible for controlling the opening and closing of the valves to the cylinders in time to ensure correct combustion within the engine. It controls the timing sequence of the opening and closing.
Like every other part of a car, it will wear out over time and need to be replaced. Cracks, snaps or tears can leave you with a hefty engine repair bill. In older cars, this usually means they aren’t worth repairing.
Firstly, every car is different. How often a cambelt replacement is required depends on the make and model of a car, how it is being driven and so on.
However, manufacturers will give you a rough indication, whether this be a mileage-based change, or after a certain period of time. This will depend on which comes first! This could be anywhere from 50,000 miles up to 90,000 miles or from four to six years. You can check your vehicle handbook as this will let you know when a cambelt replacement is needed.
Cambelt failure can cause a significant amount of damage, so don’t ignore the manufacturer’s guidelines.
You can expect to pay anywhere from £200, or over £1000 for a cambelt replacement.
This price will depend on the make of the car, who you employ to do the work for you and if there is any significant damage from a failed timing belt.
While the part may not be expensive, who you choose to carry out the labour will bump up the bill!
Why not get a quote with one of our local mechanics?