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CAMBELT or (TIMING BELT), WATER PUMP & ANTI-FREEZE

Cambelts are an essential part of your vehicle and not replacing them upon the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines can result in serious damage to your vehicle’s engine. We are keen to help you avoid huge repair bills caused by cambelt failure.

Most vehicles will commonly have a twin-cam, however, we are happy to inspect your vehicle to determine the number of cams.

On most Cambelts it is recommended to have a new water pump, this, of course, comes at extra cost.

We would recommend having Anti-Freeze changed also to flush, drain and refill.

We believe it is invaluable to ensure you are aware of exactly how often your vehicle requires a cambelt replacement and to ensure this is maintained.

If you are able to provide your vehicle’s details, we will be able to obtain the necessary requirements for you. Feel free to contact us.

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IGNORING YOUR CAMBELT (TIMING BELT) CAN LEAD TO COSTLY REPAIRS!

How Cambelts Work

A vehicle’s engine is a very fragile piece of equipment and requires constant lubrication, cooling and exact timing. Your cambelt controls the timing of your vehicle’s engine – this is why some technicians may refer to your cambelt as a timing belt.

The cambelt coordinates the movement of the crankshaft and controls the timing between the engine valves and pistons which allows fuel to move in and gas to move out of the engine in an efficient and timely manner.

If your cambelt fails, the timing process is effectively ruined and there is a high risk of irreversible damage. Without the cambelt, the pistons move freely and separate the engine valves so a simple ‘miss-time’ can lead to a collision of these parts.

This may not sound serious but the implications of cambelt failure can be very expensive. In many instances, the vehicle owners may consider the value of the car and the worth in getting this work completed. In the most serious cases, the vehicle may be scrapped as a result of the high-cost repairs.

We believe it is invaluable to ensure you are aware of exactly how often your vehicle requires a cambelt replacement and to ensure this is maintained.

Warranty

Cambelt warranty with us is one year or 12,000 (in some vehicles 24 000) miles whichever come first. HEMAN TO CONFIRM

CAMBELT FAILURE – WHAT CAUSES TIMING BELTS TO FAIL OR FAIL PREMATURELY?

Wondering about timing belt failure? There are a few different things that can cause your car’s timing belt to fail early. In some cases, the hardware like timing belt tensioners or idlers can cause your timing belt to fail prematurely. Likewise, a faulty or leaking water pump can do the same. Also, understand that improper tension or your timing belt or and when the timing belt is soaked in engine oil, the belt can fail prematurely.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAR HAS A TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?

To start, check your owner’s manual and the maintenance schedule. Additionally, some car manufacturers publish the list of models that have a timing belt. If you still are not sure, feel free to contact us or ask when you’re in for your next oil change.

Cambelt Replacement Intervals

Many people are unaware of exactly how often their cambelt should be changed and the implications of a cambelt failure. Most vehicles need to change their cambelt at around 60,000 miles, so it would be a good time to make plans for that timing belt replacement at around this time. However we understand how important it is to keep on top of cambelt maintenance, so, we have collected some information on some of the most popular vehicles to ensure you have all the information required to make an informed decision.

Please note: The information above is based on the most popular vehicles. This information should be used as a guideline only and could vary depending on the size of your vehicle’s engine, condition of the car and year of manufacture. Please contact us for advice and we will be happy to advise you of your vehicle’s specific requirements.

Vehicle When
Ford Fiesta 80,000 miles or 6 years
Ford Focus 80,000 miles or 10 years
Vauxhall Corsa 40,000 miles or 4 years
Vauxhall Astra 40,000 miles or 4 years
Vauxhall Vectra 40,000 miles or 4 years
Volkswagen Golf 60,000miles or 4 years
Peugeot 206 80,000 miles or 10 years
Honda Civic 60,000 miles or 5 years
Toyota Avensis 60,000 miles or 5 years
Fiat Punto 60,000 miles
Citroen Xsara 60,000 miles or 10 years
Renault Clio 70,000 miles or 5 years
Audi 100,000 miles or 5 years
Bmw 100,000 miles or 5 years
Mercedes 100,000 miles or 5 years
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