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

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Garage in London, 35 years of experience

At Tim's Auto Service we provide a wide range of services we have over 25years of experience in the motor trade and we guarantee all of our work. we do full engine rebuilds/ Engine swaps Servicing Diagnos...

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Garage in London, 30 years of experience

We provide MOT tests, servicing and car repairs on all makes and models in Enfield and surrounding areas. Catering for customers in Enfield, Cheshunt, Barnet and Southgate, we offer quality car servicing and...

1 Reviews

Garage in London, 17 years of experience

Leonardo auto centre is a local family run garage offering a wide range of vehicle repair services . We provide excellent garage services including MOT testing, car servicing and much more.

12 Reviews

Garage in London, 8 years of experience

Worked in various establishments such as; Serks motorwork, Japanese and German car speaialist, Endless, BMW specialist, Burhan Motors, General car mechanic, gearbox specialist. I have also assisted other b...

46 Reviews

Garage in London, 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...

505 Reviews

Garage in London, 15 years of experience

I have been interested in the car repair industry for almost my entire life. The first few years were spent learning the trade and I went to college to study it properly. I worked at a garage as a BMW specia...

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Garage in London, 17 years of experience

Working as a fully qualified mechanic for over 17 years, specialist in timing belt, clutch, engine rebuilds, & diagnostics. Extensive experience in working with the following vehicles and not limited to; Ran...

365 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in London, 12 years of experience

I'm a fully qualified mechanic in a family ran business with the top of the range equipment and knowledge with over 12 years experience, I cover all makes and models over a 30 miles radius

88 Reviews

Garage in London, 10 years of experience

SDS MOTORS is a family company responsible for inspecting and repairing vehicles, diagnosing problems and performing maintenance work on them. Shpetim the mechanic of the company has more than 10 years of...

247 Reviews

Garage in London, 10 years of experience

Pit Start is the only garage in the UK that carries out all repairs and servicing in full public view. You are allowed to go into the work area and inspect the work while it’s being carried out by our profes...

34 Reviews

Garage in London, 10 years of experience

Welcome to DMG Autocentre, where automotive excellence meets unparalleled experience. With a combined 40 years in the auto repair industry, our seasoned team stands as a beacon of expertise, ready to address...

26 Reviews

Garage in London, 42 years of experience

Hello, my name is Marc Roberts, I am a qualified mechanic with decades of experience. As soon as I left school I have been working with cars. There is nothing I know better than cars. I have my own garage...

106 Reviews

Garage in London, 12 years of experience

We offer everything you need from a modern state-of-the art workshop – with transparent charges and excellent customer service at the heart of everything we do. Our team of dedicated service professionals ar...

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

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

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

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 London?

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 London garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?

Yes, many garages in London 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 London.

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

Typically no, London 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.

How much does a cambelt change cost in London?

The average cost of a cambelt change in London varies between £349 and £462, depending on your car's make and model. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price.

Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a cambelt change, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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