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

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Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in Kent

15 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Kent, 20 years of experience

Launched my automotive career at 15 with a Light Vehicles Certification from SENAI, a renowned Brazilian technical institute. This foundation, coupled with years working on diverse makes and models, from Sko...

9 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 23 years of experience

Taylor's Servicing Ltd are specialist car mechanics. We have over 20+ years of experience and are able to deal with the majority of car issues ranging from oil changes and battery replacements to timing chai...

286 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 27 years of experience

Our team of hard working mechanics have many years of experience in the motor industry - this means that your vehicle will be left in good hands at our garage. We have excellent facilities that have the late...

12 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 30 years of experience

VAUXHALL TRAINED TECHNICIAN MANY YEARS EXPERIENCE ON ALL MAKES AND MODELS AT INDEPENDENT GARAGE AND RUNNING MY OWN BUSINESS FOR 12 YEARS DEALING WITH ALL MAKES AND MODELS

25 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Kent, 12 years of experience

Specialist in all these vehicles - Mercedes Benz Orpington Big Motoring World Snodland BMW Roadside Assistance Allianz Mobi-Tech Roadside Technician Sapphire Vehicle Services HGV Sparshatts Mercedes HGV...

66 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 20 years of experience

I started my automotive repair career 15 years ago working in an independent garage. From here I then went onto work for a number of independent garages for a number of years largely specialising in MOT test...

37 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Kent, 15 years of experience

Working on a range vehicles from renaults to Ferraris. Covering all aspects of repairs

19 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 15 years of experience

I started in the industry at an independent French car specialist completing all tasks such as cam belts, servicing and other mechanical repairs. I worked there for many years until I decided to leave for un...

159 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 21 years of experience

Feb 2018-Present: Mercedes-Benz Sparshatts, Commercials, Sittingbourne, Kent - Light Commercial Vehicle / Heavy Goods Vehicle Technician. Aug 2016-Jan 2018: Geoff Fisher Transport Ltd - HGV Technician. No...

5 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 10 years of experience

We specialise on European cars BMW Audi VW Porsche Bentley Lamborghini Mercedes Range Rovers we have over 10 year expirees on car repairing and accident repairing. We work with all insurance comp...

206 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 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...

233 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 20 years of experience

Full range of mechanical work including full diagnostic equipment, service and repair, welding, mot prep, car delivery

ALAN, CHALLOCK 7th October 2023

Land Rover Freelander • Additional work following previous booking

99 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 12 years of experience

I began my career with DCS Mobile in Medway, Kent where I worked about 7 years gaining great mechanical experience. In 2016 I set-up my own business trading as JAK Vehicle Repairs Ltd. JAK Vehicle Repair...

31 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 38 years of experience

Hi, my name is Adrian and I am a fully qualified Master Technician who has been working in the motor industry for the last 36 years. I come from a main dealer background and have previously worked in Renaul...

125 Reviews

Garage in Kent, 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.

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

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

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

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 Kent?

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 Kent garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?

Yes, many garages in Kent 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 Kent.

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

Typically no, Kent 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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