What is a Cambelt?

A Cambelt or timing belt, as they are also known, is an essential part of your car engine. Made from reinforced rubber and nylon the Cambelt connects and winds round the engine’s moving parts to ensure the valves and pistons are in perfect synchronisation as they move up and down at high speed several thousand times a minute. In other words the Cambelt is crucial to the smooth operation of your car’s engine.

What happens if it snaps?

If your Cambelt snaps it can cause major damage to the valves and pistons in your engine and in extreme cases can lead to you having to completely replace your engine. If the Cambelt snaps whilst you are out in your car you will have to be recovered as the car will not work without it.

Why do I need to replace my Cambelt?

A typical engine makes more than 35 million revolutions per year. It is therefore inevitable that over time a rubber Cambelt will begin to deteriorate due to the effects of moisture, dust and the vibration of your car engine.

How often do I need to replace my Cambelt?

Although timing intervals vary for different makes and models, most manufacturers recommend that you have your Cambelt checked every 5 years or after 54,000 miles whichever comes first.

For further information on the timing interval for your particular vehicle please contact us so that we can check on our autodata system

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