The cambelt is a vital part of an engine that connects several moving parts allowing an engine to work. To simply explain the importance, imagine you are riding along on your push bike when the chain comes off or breaks - we have all experienced that! The end result is that you stop. It's the same with a cambelt on a car. The difference between the two is that a bike chain is easy to replace and does little damage if it breaks or comes off. However, if the cambelt breaks or comes off, it can cause severe damage to the car's engine which, in turn, will lead to an expensive repair bill!!
Your vehicle manufacturer will insist that the cambelt is replaced once your car reaches a certain mileage or a certain age (a typical example is 4 or 5 years or 70k miles for a car). Check your particular handbook to see what interval your manufacturer reccomends. Failure to do so can result in cambelt failure and a potentially expensive repair.
Prices for cambelts can differ greatly between manufacturers. Some manufacturers recommend replacing your auxiliary belt or water pump at the same time which can also add to the cost. However, ultimately the cost of not replacing your cambelt could be a new engine and this can turn into a bill of thousands of pounds
- Ask us for a price for replacement of your particular cambelt.