Top Mechanics For BMW Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements
Garage in Bristol, 9 years of experience
Mobile mechanic and Garage Service offering services in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Why visit a garage? when you can opt for the convenience of a mechanic that comes to you, whether at home or at wor...
MAZ • 18th March 2023
BMW 3 Series • Timing chain replacement
Garage in Glasgow , 19 years of experience
Started my career at the main dealership working on Peugeot/Citroen with my NVQ level 3 in light vehicle maintenance and repair which I completed then moved my way through the ranks to master technician leve...
Mobile mechanic in Manchester, 16 years of experience
Having 16 years of experience and going in servicing and repairing vehicles to the highest standards and achieving all targets on time leaving all customers satisficed. Specializing on Mercedes brand but not...
Garage in Aberdeen , 13 years of experience
Here are DM Motors we do anything from; Vehicle serving and repairs MOT, MOT repairs and MOT prep work Diagnostic work with the latest diagnostic software Working on All makes and models With over 10 ...
Garage in Milton Keynes , 10 years of experience
Refinish Centre is an experienced repairer in Milton Keynes specialising in automotive services, repairs and customisation Refinish Directors who have nearly a decade of experience in the trade, establis...
Garage in Bushey, 7 years of experience
Diagnosing problems in automobiles and repairing them as quickly as possible, Servicing all makes and models of vehicles. We are able to carry out all your general maintenance and repairs. We are happy to he...
Garage in London, 12 years of experience
I began my career with an independent garage In Eltham, where I completed my apprenticeship and stayed on for 10 years. In 2014 I set-up my own business trading as JB Auto Repairs offering fully mobile servi...
MARK • 15th July 2021
BMW 1 Series • Timing chain replacement
Garage in Fareham, 13 years of experience
Three years' work experience within a family run garage and ten years' work experience as a freelance Mobile Mechanic in Fareham and surrounding areas.
Mobile mechanic in Peterborough, 25 years of experience
I began my career serving my time with Citroen in the 1980's and I undertook my City and Guilds 1-3 qualifications. I moved to work with British Aerospace for 5 years and furthered my qualifications by compl...
JED • 16th August 2020
BMW 3 Series • Timing chain replacement
Garage in Northwich, 45 years of experience
As expectations in the motor industry rise, New Platt Motors, Northwich continues to strive to be the best. As an approved bodyshop and with a reputation spreading across the Northwest of England, New Platt ...
Garage in Hebburn , 30 years of experience
ID Coachworks Ltd where established in 2007, being one of the largest bodyshops in the north east. Our specialty is commercial and HGV’s. We are credited with BS10125 (equivelant to PAS125), ISO9001, Vosa an...
Garage in Deeside, 20 years of experience
The majority of my experience has come from working for main dealers and learnt many skills through this route. I have worked for Saab, Ford, Citroen, Renault and most recently Vauxhall. I was there for 6 y...
KIERAN • 26th November 2019
BMW 1 Series • Timing chain replacement
Garage in Deptford, 14 years of experience
As specialists in tuning, mechanical modification and diagnostics we offer unrivalled levels of care to all vehicles we work on. We offer servicing on all makes and models and also have expert knowledge al...
Garage in Stroud, 11 years of experience
I have spent all of my career with Nailsworth MOT in Stroud for over 11 years, I began with my apprenticeship and subsequently gained my qualifications over the years in conjunction with the business. In...
Mobile mechanic in Cheddar, 28 years of experience
I began my career with a local garage when I left school in 1988 and in 1994 I moved to Australia and worked in a European specialist car garage for a few years before moving to work with Lamborghini for 8...
Frequently asked questions about BMW cambelt change, repair & replacements
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement on my BMW involve?
- Mechanic will remove or loosen the components required to gain access to the cover. This may also involve removing a wheel as well, so do not be alarmed!
- Mechanic will then lock the camshafts and crankshaft in place with timing pins, before removing the old belt and associated guides and tensioner.
- Mechanic will also drain the cooling system and remove the water pump if it is driven by the belt
- Once a cleanup has been done, the mechanic will renew the components and finally fit the new belt.
- Any components removed will be put back in place, the cooling system replenished and the engine started and tested.
- The cooling system will then be bled of air and the vehicle road tested.
What are the signs of a bad BMW timing belt?
Sadly in 99% of cases you will only know if there is an issue with the cambelt when it breaks! This can occur at any time, at any speed and usually at the most inconvenient time and place. This is why manufacturers give recommended replacement intervals, both in terms of age and mileage. It is preventative maintenance that should never be overlooked.
How long will a cambelt replacement take on my BMW?
On average, cambelt change times can range from 1.5 to over 5 hours with an average of 2.7 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.
How often should my BMW Cambelt be changed?
The lifespan of a cambelt is generally between 5 to 8 years, depending on the manufacturer. Every vehicle which has an engine that uses a timing belt, needs to have this done as part of the scheduled maintenance. Therefore always remember to replace the timing belt when stipulated in the car manufacturer's service schedule.
If your car is around the age of normally needing a scheduled cambelt change, and you have no record of the job ever having been done, it would be wise to get the belt replaced rather than chancing it.
When should you change your BMW Cambelt?
Each manufacturer will give a recommended replacement interval for the timing belt on its vehicles. This information is usually available in the Owner Handbook, however if you do not have this in your possession, we are happy to advise accordingly.
If you have purchased a second hand vehicle and it has no timing belt change history, such as a garage invoice, then it is important to err on the side of caution and have it replaced as soon as possible,
Do I need to change the water pump when I change the timing belt on my BMW?
On many engines, the water pump is driven by the belt as well. If this is the case, it is imperative to have it replaced at the same time. There are two reasons for this, firstly, the water pump is a pulley and bearing that forms part of the circuit the belt travels around and should it fail, then the belt will come off and that is the same as it breaking. Also, water pumps are prone to seizing, which again will break the belt.
The second reason is that should the water pump fail (and not damage the belt etc) and require replacing, then the timing belt would have to be renewed at the same time, so its best to have a new one fitted as a preventative course of maintenance.
Most mechanics will not carry out the work unless the pump is replaced in the situation as they know the consequences!
At what mileage should my BMW cambelt be changed?
If your car is fitted with a timing belt (and not a chain), then the replacement needs to be carried out at the time stipulated by the manufacturer. This could be between 5 - 7 years or 60,000 to 100,000 miles. So in reality, it is a very common jobs as all cars equipped as such need to have this done.
How do I know if my BMW Cambelt is worn out?
You cannot generally check to see if a belt has been replaced recently or not as not only is access difficult, what you can see doesn’t give clear indication of its age.
How long does a Cambelt last on my BMW?
How long a cambelt lasts will depend on a number of factors, generally this can range anywhere from 40,000 miles to 100,000 miles, or indeed a number of years. Manufacturers give recommended replacement intervals, both in terms of age and mileage. It is preventative maintenance that should never be overlooked. Intervals will depend on the vehicle's make and model.
How much does it cost to replace the timing belt and the water pump together on BMW?
On average, the cost for a cambelt or timing belt replacement is £300. A water pump replacement generally costs between £115 and £375.
What does a bad or worn out BMW timing belt sound like?
You may hear a clicking or ticking sound coming from the engine. You may also constantly hear knocking or slapping noises if the timing belt tensioner is unfastened and the timing belt is no longer tensioned correctly. In the worst case scenario you may find that you can't start your car at all if the cambelt has come off or has broken.
Can local garages offer home collection and delivery for BMW cambelt change?
Yes, many local garages are able to offer collection and delivery for a cambelt change on your BMW. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for a cambelt change on your BMW.
Can mobile mechanics do BMW cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, mobile mechanics cannot do a cambelt or timing belt change at your home or office on your BMW, because the repair may need to be carried out on a ramp, and may need specialist equipment. Also, the time involved to carry out the work may make it more practical to carry out the work at a garage. However, if there are still some doubts as to what repair is needed, mobile mechanics may be able to carry out a diagnostic inspection at your home or office on your BMW and then take the car to a garage to carry out the cambelt change.
How much does a BMW cambelt change cost?
The cost for a BMW cambelt change depends on the model of your BMW. Check out the ClickMechanic price below, and find out what you'd pay at a franchise dealer for your BMW. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying.
We have quotes for 13 model ranges for BMW , Cambelt Change.
|Name||ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average||Franchise dealer estimate|
BMW 1 Series
|£834||£714 - £1,845||Get exact price|
BMW 2 Series
|£987||£1,493 - £1,811||Get exact price|
BMW 3 Series
|£890||£1,050 - £1,923||Get exact price|
BMW 4 Series
|£889||£1,568 - £1,867||Get exact price|
BMW 5 Series
|£1065||£1,659 - £2,076||Get exact price|
BMW 6 Series
|£1036||£921 - £2,245||Get exact price|
BMW 7 Series
|£1193||£1,771 - £2,323||Get exact price|
|£1234||£1,897 - £2,277||Get exact price|
|£1210||£1,968 - £2,261||Get exact price|
|£1240||£1,780 - £2,645||Get exact price|
|£1244||£1,895 - £2,446||Get exact price|
|£666||£792 - £1,372||Get exact price|
|£677||£727 - £1,807||Get exact price|
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