Why is a cambelt change so important?

Ah yes, the unsung hero of your vehicle’s engine. Your cambelt, or timing belt as it is also known, plays a major role in keeping your vehicle running and the results can be disastrous if anything goes wrong with it. Here’s a few reasons why a cambelt change is so important, especially if you own an older car who’s cambelt could be coming to the end of its life.

Your cambelt is an integral component of your engine

The main role of the cambelt is to regulate the timing of combustion within your engine. This combustion is what powers the engine – without it, your car won’t move anywhere. If your cambelt breaks, your engine will soon follow if you don’t invest in a cambelt change straight away. Driving with a broken cambelt isn’t recommended as it will just cause considerable damage to the engine which can soon become expensive.

Are there any warning signs of when I need to have a cambelt change?

Generally, no. The most frustrating aspect of cambelt failure is that it can deteriorate over time but give way with little or no warning. If you’re lucky, you might hear a rattling when your vehicle is idle or a slapping or grinding noise from the engine. A cambelt always has a finite lifespan and we recommend that you look in your manufacturer’s handbook for the length of yours. Usually, a cambelt change needs to be carried out every 40,000 to 100,000 miles, with between 40,000 and 60,000 miles being the most common. Each cambelt is different however, so make sure you know the recommended lifespan of yours.

How much does a cambelt change cost?

Prices vary and a cambelt change can cost anywhere from £200 up to £1,000 for an older vehicle. However, PJE Automotive will always replace yours at the cheapest cost to you, both in terms of time and money. While it may seem like a very expensive repair, driving without a working cambelt could soon see the costs piling up as an engine change or remanufacture, as a result of your engine not having proper timing, can cost thousands of pounds.

If you suspect your cambelt is coming towards the end of its life, don’t hesitate to enquire about a cambelt replacement with PJE Automotive today. Our online booking tool is free to fill out and effortlessly simple as well. Just tell us a bit of information about your cambelt change under the general repairs option, and we’ll be in touch to help!

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