Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in East Sussex
Garage in East Sussex, 28 years of experience
Click on "BOOK EDDY" for an INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE. My 28 years as a mechanic began with a trainee apprenticeship in a few firms: Hamilton Engineering in Bexhill-on-Sea, Stagecoach in Leonards-on-Sea & Anchor...
ALEX, TUNBRIDGE WELLS • 7th March 2023
Ford Fiesta • Timing chain replacement
Mobile mechanic in East Sussex, 28 years of experience
I began my career with Ford where I completed my 3 year apprenticeship. My career thne moved to the independent route where I worked with various garages gaining experience on various makes/models. The exper...
Mobile mechanic in East Sussex, 15 years of experience
I'm a mobile mechanic with wide range of experience with diagnostic , repair , electrical and electronics in automotive industry with 15 years of experience.
Garage in East Sussex, 35 years of experience
I worked in my own garage for for a number of years in Peckham back in the 80's in order to gain experience of the motor trade. In 1988 I opened my own garage called Vauxford MOT Centre Ltd in London and r...
BRYAN, Hailsham • 26th November 2015
Garage serving East Sussex, 15 years of experience
Fully Qualified Motor Mechanic 16 years Experience in Mechanical and Repair Hi my name is Louis and i am happy to help with all types of car/van problems My services include Sevicing Diagnostic...
THOMAS, Haywards Heath • 15th March 2023
Garage serving East Sussex, 35 years of experience
Been self employed for over 30 years. Can offer experience. Servicing. Repairs. Diagnostics. Cambelts. Clutches. Brakes.
Garage serving East Sussex, 40 years of experience
Following years of successful trading in the Chailey and Newick area, we have finally taken the steps towards a new and exciting challenge in a larger, better equipped premises in Hurstpierpoint town centre....
CLAIRE, East Sussex • 12th April 2022
Volkswagen Transporter • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving East Sussex, 20 years of experience
Jon owns and operates SMS Autocare and has been running the business for over 15 years in the Slough area. Prior to setting up SMS Autocare Jon completed his apprenticeship and was then a mobile mechanic for...
KEVIN, Brighton • 4th February 2021
Ford Focus • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic serving East Sussex, 13 years of experience
Mercedes Benz trained. 5 years. Independent garage. 7 years. Breakdown service. 1 year.
CLAIRE, Haywards Heath • 29th December 2020
Vauxhall Astra • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic serving East Sussex, 20 years of experience
Roadside Mobile Mechanics was set-up in 2018 as a new business by owner Joe Turley. Prior to this business, Joe has over 20 years mechanical experience working in both independent & main dealer garages as we...
Garage serving East Sussex, 25 years of experience
DK Autos specialise in all aspects of vehicle repairs, servicing and MOT's, with 24hour recovery breakdown service. We offer a vehicle collection and return service for all of our customers. We appreciate ...
BEN, East Grinstead • 11th January 2020
Volvo XC70 • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving East Sussex, 18 years of experience
I began my career with Peugeot where I completed my apprenticeship and spent around 2 years here. I worked with independent garages for the remainder of my career before setting up my own business trading as...
CHRIS, East Grinstead • 18th April 2019
Ford Fiesta • Timing belt/chain replacement
Garage serving East Sussex, years of experience
I started as a mobile mechanic with a unit in April 2014 but my journey to build all the experience to be able to go self employed started way back in 1979 when I undertook my 4 year apprenticeship with Vaux...
FRANCESCO, CRANBROOK • 6th September 2018
Fiat Grande Punto • Timing belt/chain replacement
Garage serving East Sussex, 15 years of experience
Over 12 years experience in the motor trade, offering a fast, friendly and affordable services. All work undertaken, such as: Performance tuning - ECU tuning--Dyno tuning Servicing General repairs Elect...
Mobile mechanic serving East Sussex, 15 years of experience
I started my automotive career when I left school in Hungary in the 1990's. I then went to college and studied automotive technical engineering. Following this I worked at a local independent garage for 5 ye...
Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in East Sussex
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in East Sussex 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 East Sussex?
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 East Sussex?
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 East Sussex garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?
Yes, many garages in East Sussex 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 East Sussex.
Can East Sussex mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, East Sussex 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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Recent Cambelt change quotes in East Sussex
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