Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in Cambridgeshire
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 15 years of experience
We are a great team of fully qualified mechanics with many years experience. We are able to repair and service many different vehicles no matter how big or small the job. Services we offer at UVS Servici...
TOM, Peterborough • 10th August 2022
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 21 years of experience
Hello there! I've Been in the motor trade since 2001, started in a small independent garage then moved on to a Vauxhall dealer workshop for several years, from here I moved to various other Vauxhall worksho...
I would have no hesitation in using Olly for future work and I strongly recommend him.”
DONALD, HOLBEACH ST JOHNS • 20th June 2021
Skoda Octavia • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic in Cambridgeshire, 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...
DAVID, March • 14th February 2021
Volkswagen Passat • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 18 years of experience
I am a mobile mechanic with 18 years experience. Fully qualified from my home country. I do all makes and models and do services, brakes and many other repairs.
KELLY, BEDFORD • 15th November 2020
Ford Focus • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 30 years of experience
I started out in a VW franchise dealer in 1997 undertaking my apprenticeship. Having spent 4 years there I moved onto a more senior role at another VW franchise dealership where I spent another 3 years. Foll...
FRANK, Bedfordshire • 21st July 2020
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 20 years of experience
KJL Motors is a well established and respected MOT Servicing & Repair centre near Sawston in Cambridge. We focus on providing an exceptional garage service with competitive pricing. We have been serving cust...
MARK, Hertfordshire • 25th June 2020
Land Rover Discovery 3 • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic in Cambridgeshire, 24 years of experience
I began my career with my apprenticeship which was through Peugeot and I completed my 3 year apprenticeship. I moved to an independent garage called Central Tyres for a few years. I moved back into a Fiat/A...
JAMES, March • 21st September 2019
Ford Fiesta • Timing belt/chain replacement
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 29 years of experience
After finishing college I jumped straight into independent garages. I built my skills and experience for a number of years before joining a Ford dealership. And working for various independent garages workin...
CHRIS, Cambridgeshire • 11th July 2019
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 14 years of experience
F J Autocare are mobile mechanics covering Peterborough and surrounding areas. We have over 15 years experience which includes garage work main dealers and also mobile mechanics. We work on all makes and mo...
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 8 years of experience
I spent 4 years in Latvia studying and working and then came to the UK to work for a garage in Peterborough for around 2 years before branching out into my own mobile mechanic business after seeing the poten...
PAUL, Peterborough • 18th March 2019
Volkswagen Scirocco • Timing belt and Water pump replacement
Garage in Cambridgeshire, 12 years of experience
We offer MOT testing in Peterborough, servicing in Peterborough, discount batteries and amazing quality workmanship. You can rest assured that we don't use cheap parts or equipment, however we do offer a...
LAUREN, Peterborough • 3rd September 2018
Ford Focus • Timing belt/chain replacement
Mobile mechanic in Cambridgeshire, 14 years of experience
I completed my 4 year apprenticeship at Volvo and then moved to London where I worked for Volvo. After returning to Cambridge I became a mobile mechanic for 5 years and the ran a garage for 3 years. I'm now ...
TERRY, Haverhill • 2nd April 2015
Mobile mechanic serving Cambridgeshire, 30 years of experience
I began my career in Chadwell Heath at a garage called High road Station which is where I completed my apprenticeship. I was with the business for around 6 years, I moved to Wallinghurst Garage in Billericay...
Garage serving Cambridgeshire, 23 years of experience
In total I have over 20 years of experience. The last 11 years I have worked for Ford Service Centre where I have also carried cars and vans repairs.
KAY, Bedford • 14th March 2023
Ford Fiesta • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic serving Cambridgeshire, 16 years of experience
Been working in garages for 16 years. The last year been doing mobile mechanics. I love taking on new challenges and getting stuck in. I offer a wide range of repairs including diagnostics, servicing, brake...
JULIE, St Ives • 7th February 2023
Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in Cambridgeshire
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in Cambridgeshire 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 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 in Cambridgeshire?
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.
When should you change your 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 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!
How do I know if my 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.
Is a faulty cambelt an MOT failure?
No, a faulty cambelt should not lead to an MOT failure, the cambelt or timing belt is not checked as part of an MOT.
How much does it cost to replace the timing belt and the water pump together in Cambridgeshire?
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 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.
Is the timing belt checked in the MOT test?
No, the timing belt is not checked during an MOT test which is why it's essential to get it replaced as per the manufacturer's recommendations. A worn out timing belt can snap and cause expensive damage to the engine.
Can Cambridgeshire garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?
Yes, many garages in Cambridgeshire are able to offer collection and delivery for a cambelt change. 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 in Cambridgeshire.
Can Cambridgeshire mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, Cambridgeshire mobile mechanics cannot do a cambelt or timing belt change at your home or office, 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 and then take the car to a garage to carry out the cambelt change.
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Mechanics in and around Cambridgeshire
- Cambourne Autoworx Ltd, Upper Cambourne
- KJL Motors Ltd, Cambridge
- KLM Cars And Commercials, Cambridge
- M-Tech Auto Care, Cambridge
- Sawmoco Ltd, Sawston
Recent Cambelt change quotes in Cambridgeshire
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