TIMING BELT OR CAMBELT REPLACEMENT – MASTER TECH AUTOS
This is one area of expertise we excel in. Seasoned drivers are often annoyed to find that a cambelt could have been replaced before the rather expensive cost of repairing the damage from a cambelt breaking in the aftermath.
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Cambelt repair is rather a misnomer as a term, as once it is broken that is the end of its life. It’s easy to say that a lot of things can go wrong with a car. It’s a lot more difficult to ascertain what has actually happened to create a problem or breakage in a car and then assess any resulting damage. Which is why it is paramount that you replace a cambelt as per the manufacturer’s guidelines and keep a record of such vital changes.
It goes without saying that you should find a trusted mechanic or Cambelt service at your local garage in Eastleigh and the Southampton area to ensure any work or replacement is carried out ahead of time and that any possible damage from a worn timing belt is also addressed in the same instance. It is also a good idea to ensure timing belt failure insurance is included in any car insurance policy. Let’s find out what a cam belt is.
WHAT IS A CAMBELT OR TIMING BELT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A timing belt or more affectionately known as a cambelt is what gives your engine the timing it requires to ensure each part of your engine operates as and when it should. While smooth on the outer rim, it is edged on the internally facing side. This cam belt stretches and fits against the ridges of the various wheels that turn your engine, not withstanding the cam shaft, crank shaft and water pump.
Each of these different wheels, in turn, affect the timing of other instruments vital to your engine starting and operating safely and peacefully. They operate pistons and valves, releasing fluids and creating simultaneous actions which without the correct timing across the engine would result in metal clashing with metal. Not a good thing. In essence a cambelt makes your engine tick correctly.
WHEN TO CHANGE CAMBELT AND BEST TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT
Unlike a variety of other parts of an engine in a car, it is very difficult to tell when a cambelt is worn or about to snap. While you can still have problems with a cam chain, a timing belt is effectively a strengthened piece of rubber and like your tyres, they can develop problems, puncture or rip at any time.
When you received you car initially, you will have received a manual and a checklist. These combined will help you ascertain the best time to change your cam belt. This is invariably a duration of several years but is individual to each car model and manufacturer based on the revolutions and consistency of the rubber. Your annual Southampton car service is an ideal opportunity to gauge cambelt replacement.
As a guide, don’t forget and change as per the manual and manufacturer’s recommended timeline. However if you suspect there are any problems in this area of the engine, take your car immediately to a mechanic as the damage in the aftermath will be horrendous.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CAM BELT BREAKS AND THE RESULTING DAMAGE
This is a situation in which you do not ever wish to be in. The resulting damage of a cambelt break is horrific and could mean you require an entirely new engine. At the very least pistons will collide and valves would be bent out of shape. There is no such thing as cam belt repair or timing belt repair, only Eastleigh cam belt replacement, timing belt replacement and fixing the damage afterwards so prevention is far cheaper than the cure.
SOUTHAMPTON CAMBELT SERVICE AND CAMBELT CHANGE COST
As explained previously, each and every car is different pertaining to the expected lifetime of any individual cambelt and the model it is in use with. In that respect any cambelt/timing belt change cost would be considered to be around about or less than 10% of the cost of the repair and fall out of a cambelt breaking and the resulting damage within the engine itself. Timing belt damage usually results in a large bill.
Any local Southampton cambelt repair mechanic will be able to consult their fixed price cambelt schedule and advise on how much it would cost to replace a cambelt on the spot simply by assessing the engine size and number of cams. These will range from 1300cc to 2200cc and single cam, twin cam or four cam. To get the all clear or replace your cam belt in Eastleigh, Southampton, call today 02380 611161