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Cambelts are also called camshaft belts, timing belts or timing chains.

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Want to learn more about Cambelt changes?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a cambelt do?

The cambelt, or timing belt, is a belt that drives the camshaft (which operates the valves on the engine) off the crankshaft. It is a vital component of the engine and, as it is made from rubber, can wear and eventually break if not replaced as and when the manufacturer recommends.

How do you know there is something wrong with the cambelt?

  • When there is a grinding or squeaking noise coming from the engine compartment (specifically from the engine itself).
  • When the car will not start (this happens if the belt has broken).

When should you consider replacing your cambelt?

If the cambelt breaks while the engine runs it leads to severe engine damage. It can throw the valve timing off course, in which case the pistons will likely destroy valves in the cylinder head.

Secondly, always remember to replace the timing belt when stipulated in the car manufacturer's service schedule. If you happen to notice your belt is brittle or has cracks before the usual maintenance date it should also be replaced as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the engine. Seeing the expensive damage that can be done by a faulty belt that is relatively cheap to replace it is only advisable that you should not take chances with the belt.

What happens during a cambelt replacement?

  • Mechanic will disassemble parts of the engine necessary to access the cambelt
  • Mechanic will inspect the cambelt, the belt's pulleys, and tensioner.
  • If necessary, the cambelt will be replaced by the mechanic.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will ensure the timing of the belt is correct.
  • Mechanic will start the engine and check to see if the engine runs as it should do, making adjustments if necessary.

What happens if I don't replace the cambelt?

Being made of a strong, yet perishable material, a cambelt deteriorates with age. While the rubber will absorb a great deal of energy, its ability to do so will be reduced over time, and eventually, the cambelt will have to be replaced. If left to deteriorate, a cambelt will increasingly struggle to cope with the stress placed on it and, in extreme cases, may snap, which will leave your car undrivable.

Once your car’s cambelt starts to work at less than its full effectiveness, your car’s performance will then start to suffer. If your car’s cylinder valves don’t fully close while the fuel is being compressed – the action which creates the power inside your engine to drive your car – the engine will produce less power. You will then notice that the engine doesn’t respond quite as quickly as it should when you accelerate.

Can I replace the cambelt myself?

Because it’s a piece of precision equipment, a cambelt replacement has to be done very carefully, in line with your car manufacturer’s specifications.
In some engines, the belt is awkwardly placed and can be difficult to reach, which makes cambelt replacement a job that’s best suited to someone with access to full garage facilities or a vehicle hoist, to make access to the depths of the engine compartment from all angles easier.

A cambelt change involves the disassembling and checking of many other parts of the engine which makes this a rather tricky job.

How common is a cambelt replacement?

On average, the belt could be expected to last for 60,000 miles, or six years, almost regardless of the vehicle’s make or model. Service schedules usually include a check of the timing belt replacement interval.
If your car is around this age, and you have no record of the job ever having been done, it would be wise to get the belt checked by a mechanic, and, if necessary, replaced.

The big variation in the amount of use that a car’s engine gets and driving style can mean that the cambelt needs to be replaced sooner than the recommended interval.

What are common cambelt brands on the market?

Well-known UK timing belt manufacturers include Brammer, APG, Gates and BG Automotive.

Are there any differences between old and new vehicles or between petrol, diesel or electric vehicles?

Cambelts are a relatively modern addition to cars, the first examples having been introduced in the 1940s.
Some vehicles still use a metal timing chain rather than a timing belt, and while these generally last longer, a belt is lighter, cheaper and quieter in use.

How to extend the life of a cambelt?

Because the amount of wear which a cambelt gets in day-to-day use makes a lot of difference to how long it will last, one of the best ways of ensuring that you don’t need timing belt replacement prematurely is to try to drive sensibly and not change gear more often that you really need to. Also if your car is not moved very often, the cambelt or timing belt can become brittle.

Over time, the rubber compound a cambelt is made off can be exposed to damaging conditions like extreme heat or cold which causes the rubber to expand and contract or leaking oil or water which impact the grip of the belt.

How much does a cambelt replacement cost?

The cost of a timing belt replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your cambelt replaced by Clickmechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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49 manufacturers for Cambelt Change

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £136 - £292

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 3432

£331

£242 - £394

£398 - £627

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Audi

Parts costs: £183 - £489

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 24483

£470

£305 - £599

£532 - £981

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BMW

Parts costs: £222 - £555

Labour time: 7-14 hours

# of quotes: 13100

£940

£581 - £1136

£1308 - £2510

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £135 - £171

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£230

£207 - £222

£307 - £328

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £84 - £236

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1989

£232

£143 - £292

£219 - £426

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £161 - £381

Labour time: 2-5 hours

# of quotes: 950

£422

£282 - £562

£452 - £902

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Citroen

Parts costs: £125 - £331

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 16491

£389

£256 - £463

£387 - £671

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Dacia

Parts costs: £112 - £264

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 373

£314

£230 - £385

£371 - £593

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £90 - £197

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 312

£221

£154 - £258

£235 - £383

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £123 - £220

Labour time: 1-6 hours

# of quotes: 98

£346

£208 - £469

£316 - £788

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Dodge

Parts costs: £184 - £266

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 229

£376

£331 - £395

£514 - £610

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Fiat

Parts costs: £95 - £228

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 15417

£279

£177 - £327

£250 - £456

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Ford

Parts costs: £108 - £418

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 42224

£352

£219 - £495

£327 - £679

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Honda

Parts costs: £150 - £572

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 3409

£461

£266 - £652

£403 - £910

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £129 - £248

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 6146

£317

£225 - £361

£326 - £523

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £171 - £292

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 26

£293

£273 - £348

£408 - £500

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Iveco

Parts costs: £241 - £313

Labour time: 3-5 hours

# of quotes: 241

£492

£425 - £498

£655 - £785

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £198 - £489

Labour time: 2-5 hours

# of quotes: 2974

£495

£338 - £617

£612 - £1051

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Jeep

Parts costs: £240 - £422

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 652

£465

£362 - £524

£548 - £790

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Kia

Parts costs: £118 - £359

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 3502

£373

£213 - £497

£308 - £708

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £163 - £375

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 8440

£426

£295 - £500

£520 - £837

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LDV

Parts costs: £298 - £425

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 398

£486

£443 - £521

£646 - £758

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Lexus

Parts costs: £217 - £422

Labour time: 2-6 hours

# of quotes: 1052

£462

£330 - £648

£559 - £1210

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Lotus

Parts costs: £106 - £131

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 14

£232

£243 - £246

£401 - £404

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Maserati

Parts costs: £111 - £133

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 2

£370

£276 - £276

£462 - £462

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Mazda

Parts costs: £139 - £409

Labour time: 2-5 hours

# of quotes: 4342

£467

£251 - £546

£385 - £811

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £227 - £498

Labour time: 3-7 hours

# of quotes: 4453

£606

£384 - £731

£692 - £1344

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MG

Parts costs: £108 - £220

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 999

£316

£237 - £366

£387 - £583

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MINI

Parts costs: £175 - £546

Labour time: 3-5 hours

# of quotes: 4309

£590

£366 - £681

£737 - £1170

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £156 - £371

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 3138

£378

£254 - £480

£370 - £689

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Nissan

Parts costs: £115 - £415

Labour time: 1-7 hours

# of quotes: 8110

£432

£213 - £663

£319 - £1001

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Perodua

Parts costs: £89 - £129

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 14

£242

£187 - £260

£301 - £433

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £124 - £382

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 23096

£383

£221 - £507

£335 - £745

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £74 - £130

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 20

£271

£255 - £291

£437 - £480

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Piaggio

Parts costs: £100 - £120

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 5

£211

£203 - £203

£325 - £325

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Porsche

Parts costs: £154 - £363

Labour time: 7-17 hours

# of quotes: 65

£769

£528 - £1129

£930 - £2009

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Proton

Parts costs: £110 - £147

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 35

£232

£215 - £271

£255 - £321

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Renault

Parts costs: £125 - £260

Labour time: 3-5 hours

# of quotes: 20704

£392

£286 - £445

£438 - £670

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Rover

Parts costs: £103 - £262

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 1262

£308

£225 - £394

£365 - £613

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Saab

Parts costs: £149 - £306

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 2685

£293

£234 - £357

£349 - £508

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SEAT

Parts costs: £167 - £349

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 9044

£381

£278 - £442

£410 - £634

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Skoda

Parts costs: £174 - £338

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 7972

£379

£290 - £430

£429 - £618

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Smart

Parts costs: £87 - £208

Labour time: 3-7 hours

# of quotes: 134

£438

£254 - £508

£437 - £874

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Subaru

Parts costs: £382 - £595

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 726

£545

£474 - £625

£631 - £837

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £114 - £457

Labour time: 1-7 hours

# of quotes: 1357

£450

£201 - £690

£278 - £959

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Toyota

Parts costs: £152 - £368

Labour time: 2-7 hours

# of quotes: 4081

£465

£258 - £643

£385 - £1013

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £139 - £323

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 41090

£326

£203 - £455

£280 - £650

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £165 - £344

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 38625

£378

£272 - £437

£434 - £674

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Volvo

Parts costs: £141 - £358

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 9182

£317

£208 - £420

£323 - £636

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Recent Cambelt change quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£171.57

Check & adjust Camshaft drive belt/chain

Ford Fusion 1.4L 2004
Harecroft
£289.07

Timing belt and Water pump replacement

Kia Venga 1.4L 2011
Filey
£331.35

Timing belt and Water pump replacement

BMW X3 3.0L 2004
Custom House
£778.38

Camshaft drive belt/chain replacement - rear

Porsche Panamera 3.0L 2012
Harrogate