If you have owned your vehicle for a long time or feel that your vehicle has covered a large mileage then it may be that your cambelt needs to be replaced. Our mechanics can calculate whether or not you need a new cambelt fitting by assessing the age and mileage of the vehicle.
The cambelt, otherwise known as the timing belt, is one of the least known but most important components an engine. It is an essential part of keeping a vehicle running as it controls the camshafts within the engine. The combination of belt and camshaft allows combustion to occur, both letting air in and exhaust fumes out. I must be accurately calibrated in order to move in perfect time with the pistons.
A broken cambelt can be devastating to a vehicle’s engine. If it breaks then there is a chance that a piston could easily be flung into an open valve, something that would convert a normally operating engine into a lump of unusable metal.
Due to the sheer volume of variables that can influence the length of a cambelt’s lifespan there is no accurate indication of exactly when a belt should be changed, but it should be checked roughly every 10, 000 miles. The condition of a cambelt is not only affected by the distance that a vehicle has travelled, but also by hot climates, especially cold climates, rain and moisture, chemicals and even salt from the road. There can even be a difference between petrol and diesel-run vehicles.
While there is no general rule of thumb for replacing cambelts, some manufacturers do offer advice on how often to change parts– it is essential that the belt is replaced when advised even if it appears visually to be intact.
The fact that it is hard to deduct how long your vehicle’s cambelt will last makes it especially important that it is checked regularly. Just because your vehicle may have a low mileage does not mean that everything is operating perfectly under the hood.
A quick check can indicate whether or not your cambelt needs to be replaced, these are some of the signs that our mechanics look out for:
A few cracks on the exterior of the belt are acceptable but widespread wear indicates that the belt is nearing the end of its life span.
Damaged teeth on the inside of the belt can be disastrous for your engine.
Our mechanics will examine the belt to see if it has too much movement or play.