Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in Somerset
Garage in Somerset, 20 years of experience
At Gerec Ltd we have four fully qualified mechanics based at our workshop in Bridgwater just off the M5 and also out on the road as technicians diagnosing and fixing vehicles at the roadside. We operate s...
MALCOLM, LANGPORT • 21st October 2022
Fiat Ducato • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Somerset, 10 years of experience
F&M Autocare covers all automotive repairs from air conditioning to services. All bodywork repairs from small dents to accident damage. A newly established business with a wealth of experience you can guaran...
JAMES, CULLOMPTON • 24th September 2022
Fiat Punto Evo • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Somerset, 26 years of experience
I did my apprenticeship with Bristol Truck and Bus and attended college for 6 years up to HNC level. I then worked for Daf trucks for 5 years before going to work in Germany for 12 months on US Army vehicles...
DANIELLE, Frome • 24th July 2022
Garage in Somerset, 15 years of experience
Starting my apprenticeship at Renault I then moved to a local independent garage where I spent 11 years building my mechanical knowledge. I then made the transition to self-employed were I offer a mobile ser...
Garage in Somerset, 6 years of experience
Fully qualified mobile mechanic, offer pick up and drop off of vehicles or repairs can be carried out on site. Have been in the trade for 6 years worked in both HGV’S and light vehicles.
So I can highly recommend Ross and will be using his services again very soon.”
NIGEL, Devon • 16th June 2021
Volvo V70 • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic in Somerset, 28 years of experience
I began my career with a local garage when I left school in 1988 and in 1994 I moved to Australia and worked in a European specialist car garage for a few years before moving to work with Lamborghini for 8...
Mobile mechanic in Somerset, 16 years of experience
Based in Yeovil, Somerset, Mobile Servicing and Repairs covers Yeovil, Sherborne, chard, dorchester and surrounding areas. Services include home based car care from servicing to diagnostics to 4 wheel ali...
Garage in Somerset, 12 years of experience
A38 Tyres are focused on providing quality servicing/repairs / Auto Locksmiths tyres and much more, whether its new or part worn tyres with free fitting and balancing. A38 guarantee customer satisfaction by ...
Garage serving Somerset, 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 ...
Garage serving Somerset, 9 years of experience
Mobile mechanic and Garage Service offering services in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Why visit a garage? when you can opt for the convenience of a mechanic that comes to you, whether at home or at wor...
Garage serving Somerset, 25 years of experience
Carried out my apprenticeship at local Ford Dealership. Worked for local Volkswagen dealer for 3 years, worked for Audi dealership in Bristol for 8 years, Worked for Mercedes Benz UK for two years then worke...
STEPHANIE, AXBRIDGE • 9th June 2022
Volkswagen Scirocco • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Somerset, 15 years of experience
8 years at a Volkswagen dealership as a vehicle technician. 1 year at independent garage. 4 years as a master technician at a Audi / VW specialist. 11 Years MOT testing. 3 Years mobile mechanic
Garage serving Somerset, 53 years of experience
The Company’s Roadside Assistance brand is now the preferred choice for the South of England and has become synonymous with efficiency, punctuality and courtesy resulting in all the major motoring organisati...
BRUNO, Shepton Mallet • 29th November 2020
Garage serving Somerset, 20 years of experience
Cardiff Trade Centre is an amalgamation with Speedo Auto which was previously trading for over 10 years. The new business began trading in 2014. We operate a 4 ramp workshop with 7 staff and carry out all re...
RICHARD, Somerset • 7th March 2020
Land Rover Range Rover Sport • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Somerset, 24 years of experience
Welcome to GP MOT & Service Centre MOT Testing, Servicing, Tyres and more at GP MOT & Service Centre in Westbury. DVSA approved Class 4 MOT test Our fully licensed MOT test lane uses the latest equipment,...
ANDREW, FROME • 17th October 2019
Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in Somerset
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in Somerset 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 Somerset?
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 Somerset?
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 Somerset garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?
Yes, many garages in Somerset 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 Somerset.
Can Somerset mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, Somerset 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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