Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in Northumberland
Garage in Northumberland, 15 years of experience
I began my career with Citroen/Peugeot in Newcastle though the apprenticeship scheme and served my time there for 4 years. I moved to Prestige Cars in Gateshead for 18 months before gaining more experienc...
BRIAN, GB-GAT • 23rd February 2023
Garage in Northumberland, 10 years of experience
We deliver an efficient and reliable service for your car with our 5-strong team of fully qualified technicians. Our state of the art facility has everything we need to offer comprehensive care for your vehi...
Garage in Northumberland, 30 years of experience
ID Coachworks Ltd where established in 2007, being one of the largest bodyshops in the north east. Our specialty is commercial and HGV’s. We are credited with BS10125 (equivelant to PAS125), ISO9001, Vosa an...
Garage in Northumberland, 11 years of experience
Main Dealerships leading on to my own workshop before I decided to take the business mobile in 2014. I enjoy what I do and I always work to a high standard to keep customers happy and returning with confidence.
Garage serving Northumberland, 15 years of experience
6 years Volkswagen dealership Experience, 4 Years Nissan, Toyota and Ford dealership experience, 6 Years working on Trucks and Vans (Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen) including building bespoke Camperv...
JAMIE, SCOTTISH BORDERS • 21st January 2023
Garage serving Northumberland, 40 years of experience
I completed my apprenticeship in the family business in Cumbria back in 1974 and worked in the business right up until 2002 in various roles such as heavy goods driver, I also became a partner in the busines...
MARK, Seaham • 17th April 2020
Vauxhall Astra GTC • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Northumberland, 20 years of experience
I began my mechanical career working on gearboxes with Borough Transmissions and I also completed my apprenticeship whilst I was with the business. I moved moved to a few local garages in Teeside for a numb...
DARREN, Darlington • 12th May 2019
Garage serving Northumberland, 28 years of experience
Served my time in 1993-1996 in a local garage before moving on to a Citroen main agent in 2000-2007 then I started my own business running a garage with 3 employees then in 2019 i sold it. after that I've be...
LAURIS, Stockton On Tees • 22nd April 2022
Volvo XC60 • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Catterick Garrison, 15 years of experience
Domestic and Import Service and Repair - oil changes, computer scans and diagnostics, alignments, brakes, suspension. Working on all makes and models with over 15 years experience.
Garage in Darlington, 7 years of experience
I started my Automotive mechanic career through a local garage in Darlington and worked here for 2 years. I then completed my automotive academic education at Darlington College completing my Level 1, Level ...
Mobile mechanic in Skinningrove, 30 years of experience
.30 years experience in the industry carrying out repairs to most makes of vehicles to a high standard, using the experience gained & up-to-date equipment we now specialise in the diagnostics aspect of the c...
JAY, Bishop Auckland • 8th November 2016
Fiat Panda/Panda Classic • Timing belt/chain replacement
Garage in Redcar, 11 years of experience
I am originally a self taught mechanic from an engineering background and I repaired cars in my own time from 2004-2007, I realised I needed to have official qualifications so I attended Middlesbrough Colleg...
ROGER, STOCKTON • 15th September 2016
Garage in Rosyth, 20 years of experience
Colin’s was founded in by Colin Evans in 1996. Built up years of experience and achieved a budding reputation for customer service with great rates and prices. Colin’s is an approved and authorised dealer...
Mobile mechanic in Lowestoft , 30 years of experience
I began my career in Chadwell Heath at a garage called High road Station which is where I completed my apprenticeship. I was with the business for around 6 years, I moved to Wallinghurst Garage in Billericay...
Garage in Blandford, 20 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 ...
GARY, DURHAM • 24th April 2021
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque • Timing belt replacement
Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in Northumberland
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in Northumberland 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 Northumberland?
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 Northumberland?
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 Northumberland garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?
Yes, many garages in Northumberland 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 Northumberland.
Can Northumberland mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, Northumberland 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 Northumberland
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