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

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23 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 35 years of experience

At Compass-Twenty we understand that our clients expect a high level of service, quality and transparency and we set ourselves and our staff high expectations to meet each of our clients needs.

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Garage in Hertfordshire, 30 years of experience

I started working on cars with my father (who is a elctro/mechanical engineer) at age 11. When I left school I did an apprenticeship with Ford and worked with Ford for six years. I then moved onto an indepen...

15 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 10 years of experience

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Garage in Hertfordshire, 10 years of experience

Welcome to Euro Auto Services, your all-year-round MOT testing and servicing station in Bletchley, Milton Keynes for all manufacturers and models of car. When you bring your vehicle into Euro Auto Services y...

18 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 15 years of experience

We take on all types of mechanical work along with mot tyre change servicing etc. we also will offer a recovery service where your vehiacle can be collected from your door and dropped off.

572 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Hertfordshire, 9 years of experience

3 years at AVS where I started my mechanics as an apprentice, mastering general repairs and servicing on a wide range of vehicles , 2 years as a fast fitter in car giant. Perfecting replacing brakes, tyres ...

87 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Hertfordshire, 20 years of experience

Worked in main dealers been self employed for 6 years as mobile mechanic

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Mobile mechanic in Hertfordshire, 13 years of experience

With over 13 years of experience in the industry, working with well known car dealerships and roadside assistance. 5 years of full time education dedicated to the motor industry. Having the confidence to del...

75 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 15 years of experience

I have been working as mechanic from the age of 16 started apprenticeship with ford trust dealership for two years then Bmw dealership and become level 3 technician after 5 years I then joined my family b...

116 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 9 years of experience

Qualified mobile mechanic with 9 years of experience working on various makes and models of cars. Specialising in VW/Audi brand

108 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 15 years of experience

Garage and mobile mechanic with over 15 years experience and MOT tester based in potters bar , England. We offer all repairs and diagnostics from services to car wont start inspections.

10 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 21 years of experience

Hello After gaining education in 2002, I slowly started to implement the vehicle mechanics sector. I gained my experience in cooperation with independent garages. I also have over 10 years of experience as ...

553 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 20 years of experience

I began my mechanical career with Peugeot/Citroen where I completed my full apprenticeship and spent 4 years there. I moved to work with Renault for around 3 years before moving to VW/Audi for 4 years. I rel...

20 Reviews

Garage in Hertfordshire, 12 years of experience

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

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

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

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 Hertfordshire?

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 Hertfordshire garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?

Yes, many garages in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire.

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

Typically no, Hertfordshire 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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