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

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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 / timing belt?

  • 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 / timing belt?

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 or timing belt 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 timing belt myself?

Because it’s a piece of precision equipment, a timing belt or 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 timing belt 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 timing belt 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 or timing belt 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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Alfa Romeo

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Audi

Parts costs: £182.78 - £488.88

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£470

£314 - £614

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BMW

Parts costs: £222.47 - £555.17

Labour time: 7-14 hours

# of quotes: 13100

£940

£609 - £1,189

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £134.69 - £171.37

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£230

£213 - £228

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £84.34 - £236.01

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1989

£232

£148 - £299

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £160.76 - £380.67

Labour time: 2-5 hours

# of quotes: 950

£422

£292 - £581

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Citroen

Parts costs: £125.24 - £330.60

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£389

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Dacia

Parts costs: £111.52 - £264.48

Labour time: 2-4 hours

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£314

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £90.43 - £197.04

Labour time: 1-2 hours

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£221

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £123.04 - £220.50

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# of quotes: 98

£346

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Dodge

Parts costs: £183.76 - £266.39

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 229

£376

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Fiat

Parts costs: £94.57 - £228.17

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£279

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Ford

Parts costs: £108.11 - £417.98

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# of quotes: 42224

£352

£228 - £507

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Honda

Parts costs: £150.20 - £571.60

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£461

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £128.68 - £248.49

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£317

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £170.65 - £291.56

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 26

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Iveco

Parts costs: £240.78 - £313.10

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# of quotes: 241

£492

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £197.79 - £489.05

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£495

£349 - £634

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Jeep

Parts costs: £240.39 - £421.98

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£465

£372 - £538

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Kia

Parts costs: £118.36 - £358.54

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 3502

£373

£220 - £513

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £163.34 - £374.95

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 8440

£426

£305 - £515

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LDV

Parts costs: £297.98 - £425.29

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 398

£486

£454 - £535

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Lexus

Parts costs: £217.42 - £421.74

Labour time: 2-6 hours

# of quotes: 1052

£462

£338 - £671

£583 - £1,272

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Lotus

Parts costs: £106.04 - £130.57

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 14

£232

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Parts costs: £110.99 - £133.19

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 2

£370

£289 - £289

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Parts costs: £139.10 - £408.52

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£467

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Parts costs: £227.47 - £497.69

Labour time: 3-7 hours

# of quotes: 4453

£606

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MG

Parts costs: £107.56 - £220.48

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 999

£316

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MINI

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Parts costs: £155.54 - £371.49

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Parts costs: £89.24 - £129.03

Labour time: 1-4 hours

# of quotes: 14

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Parts costs: £124.07 - £382.24

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Parts costs: £74.13 - £130.35

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 20

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Parts costs: £99.99 - £119.99

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 5

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Parts costs: £153.53 - £363.14

Labour time: 7-17 hours

# of quotes: 65

£769

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Proton

Parts costs: £109.70 - £147.00

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 35

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Parts costs: £125.11 - £259.95

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£392

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Parts costs: £103.36 - £261.62

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 1262

£308

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Saab

Parts costs: £148.99 - £305.91

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£293

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£381

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Parts costs: £173.56 - £337.55

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£379

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Labour time: 3-7 hours

# of quotes: 134

£438

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Parts costs: £381.95 - £595.23

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 726

£545

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Parts costs: £113.55 - £456.90

Labour time: 1-7 hours

# of quotes: 1357

£450

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Parts costs: £152.24 - £368.08

Labour time: 2-7 hours

# of quotes: 4081

£465

£266 - £670

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Parts costs: £139.04 - £322.98

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# of quotes: 41090

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Parts costs: £165.39 - £343.67

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 38625

£378

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Parts costs: £141.40 - £358.40

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£317

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£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