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

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38 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 40 years of experience

Targa Florio, located in Bournemouth, has been providing MOT Tests, Car Repairs and Car Service on all makes and model of vehicle. Our services include the latest Computerised Diagnostic Equipment that, c...

11 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 30 years of experience

30yrs experience fully qualified to level 3 with national craftsman certification on all makes and models

33 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 38 years of experience

We guarantee fast and reliable repair for your car. From simple oil changes to complex restorations, our highly qualified mechanics will do whatever it takes to get your treasured vehicle looking like new.

50 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 9 years of experience

I have 9 years of experience in the auto repair industry. iv worked for a variety of garages for several years and have now decided to further pursue the mobile side of the industry. I can repair all makes &...

11 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 37 years of experience

I have worked for over 37 years in the motor trade; and as well as my years of experience, I have achieved master-tech level in Vauxhalls and Suzukis. I pride myself on providing a quality service to my ...

15 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 10 years of experience

Having completed many years in independent and specialist garages i the owner of Weymouth motor services has spent the last 5 years building a reputable and trustworthy business. My team and i strive to deal...

13 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 16 years of experience

Based in Yeovil, Somerset, Mobile Servicing and Repairs covers Yeovil, Sherborne, chard, dorchester and surrounding areas. Services include home based car care from servicing to diagnostics to 4 wheel ali...

23 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 7 years of experience

I have been in the industry for 7 years. I have just opened my own business, I always try my best to provide a helpful and friendly service to give you the best customer experience. Some of the services I of...

21 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 5 years of experience

Hi,I happy to help with your Car! I am professional with respect to customer and their cars.I am always look after as its my own personal car.I have extended experience with various of make and models start ...

41 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 20 years of experience

I have been in the motor trade for 25 years, I am Running a Family Business For a While now. I'm able to collect your vehicle if it is drivable or not to be repaired at the garage . Some of the services I of...

123 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 19 years of experience

Hi I'm Dan I am a fully qualified level 3 mechanic and licenced MOT Tester with experience of all makes and models of cars and vans. I specialise in fitting clutches among other repairs that I offer. Myself ...

69 Reviews

Mobile mechanic serving Dorset, 26 years of experience

My work experience includes main dealer and multi franchise garages and also roadside patrol man for the RAC. I am now providing a fully mobile mechanical service including minor and major repairs , servicin...

266 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 22 years of experience

Mobile Mechanic with 20 years experience, all work completed to a high standard using manufacturer recognised parts. I’m in the military so split between the below locations, therefore able to complete work ...

31 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 20 years of experience

At Gerec Ltd we have four fully qualified mechanics based at our workshop in Bridgwater just off the M5 and also out on the road as technicians diagnosing and fixing vehicles at the roadside. We operate s...

34 Reviews

Mobile mechanic serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

11 years in a specialist garage 5 years as a roadside technician for the AA. I have worked on all types of motor vehicle from electric, bikes, hgv, diesels and petrol. I am very technically minded and i...

Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in Dorset

Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.

What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in Dorset 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 Dorset?

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 Dorset?

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 Dorset garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?

Yes, many garages in Dorset 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 Dorset.

Can Dorset mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?

Typically no, Dorset 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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