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What You Must Know About Cambelt Replacement

If your car is over 4 years old or has done more than 50,000 miles, you are probably due for a cambelt replacement. The cambelt, also called the timing belt, is a critical engine component. A failure of the belt almost always results in serious engine damage that could easily set you back by thousands of pounds. Unlike most other failures, warning signs are rare.

One moment you are cruising on the highway and before you know it, you are stuck on the road with a car that must be towed to a garage.

Cambelt Is A Critical Component

Your car engine has many fast-moving parts like pistons, camshaft, crankshaft, valves and fuel injectors. The functioning of the engine is very precise and for it to work, each one of those components must move and operate precisely. In most modern petrol or diesel vehicles, this synchronisation is achieved by the cambelt.

The cambelt is a thick rubber belt with horizontal teeth on one side. It mechanically co-ordinates all engine components and ensures that everything is timed perfectly. It accurately synchronizes the movement of the valves and other components with the movement of the pistons.

Timing belts are designed to last long, but being a rubber component, it wears out, gets weaker with age and eventually breaks.

Cambelt Failure Can Cause Serious Engine Damage

When the cambelt breaks, the synchronisation between the engine components is lost and they move in an uncontrolled fashion. As a result, parts can collide or break causing severe engine damage. This is especially true in an interference engine, which is the choice for many modern cars due to its superior efficiency.

In an interference engine, the range of movement of the valves and the pistons within the cylinder overlap. Timing is very critical to prevent them from colliding. When the cambelt fails, the usual outcome is bent or broken valves as a result of collision with the piston. If you have a high-end car like the Audi or Volkswagen, you could be looking at a repair bill in excess of £2,000.

When To Replace The Cambelt

Cambelt failures usually come without warning and considering that repairs are costly, it makes sense to replace it in time. That said, replacing the cambelt involves opening the engine and is a lot of work even for a skilled mechanic. Checking or replacing it too soon is unnecessary unless you are having problems.

The recommended interval for cambelt replacement both in years and mileage is given in your vehicle’s owner/service manual. This is the optimum interval to change the cambelt and minimises the chances of a failure. If your cambelt is due for replacement, get it replaced without delay at a specialist garage.

The Importance Of Using A Specialist Garage

When you get the cambelt replaced at the dealer or a specialist garage like Volksmaster, you get a two-year warranty against mechanical failures from the dealer. In case of a failure, both the cambelt and any consequential engine damage are covered by the dealer.

One of our Volksmaster garages, in Oldham or Bury, is the best option if you live in or around Manchester because we are a lot cheaper than the dealer and we don’t make any quality compromises. Going for cheaper options could prove costly if the replacement belt fails. The dealer will not accept responsibility if you get the job done at a non-approved garage or if the replacement does not meet their specifications.

Check whether the cambelt of your car is due for replacement. If you have bought a used car, check when the belt was last changed. If you live in or around Manchester and your car needs a cambelt change, call us or use the contact form below to make an appointment.

Arranging Your Service

Drop your car off
Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.

Wait with your car
Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.

Courtesy car
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.

Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.

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What You Must Know About Cambelt Replacement

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