Top Mechanics For Cambelt Change, Repair & Replacements in Suffolk
Garage in Suffolk, 22 years of experience
22 years experience. Experience in most makes and models.
PETE, Suffolk • 5th March 2023
Mobile mechanic in Suffolk, 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...
CHRIS, STOWUPLAND • 21st September 2022
Ford Transit • Timing chain replacement
Garage in Suffolk, 26 years of experience
I started my career with a tyre business called Hemel First Choice Tyres in Hemel Hempstead for 5 years. I set up my own tyre business within Bury Road Garage in Hemel Hempstead for around a year. I moved to...
OWEN, LEISTON • 20th August 2021
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer • Timing belt replacement
Garage in Suffolk, 30 years of experience
I began my career as mechanical engineer and from a young age I have rebuilt, modified and tuned cars for performance. When I left school I worked for a local engineering company completing a 4 year apprenti...
SIMON, DEBENHAM • 22nd January 2019
Garage in Suffolk, 30 years of experience
Family business with family values Garage Est in 2012 Competitive prices Including lawnmower servicing and repair. M.O.T, service and repair centre. We are a family run business with family values. Top...
Garage serving Suffolk, 22 years of experience
I have been involved in cars as a designer, engineer and technician for over 22years. I have designed, developed and built bespoke sports cars, motorbikes, Ambulances and race car trailers over these year...
ADRIAN, Ipswich • 7th November 2022
Dacia Duster • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic serving Suffolk, 15 years of experience
Started my career as a mechanic / technician in a small family ran garage, whilst at the garage I learned numerous mechanical and electrical information about components of how they worked and operated. Sta...
CHRISTOPHER, Sudbury • 27th May 2022
Ford Fiesta • Additional work following previous booking
Garage serving Suffolk, 30 years of experience
I started out in a VW franchise dealer in 1997 undertaking my apprenticeship. Having spent 4 years there I moved onto a more senior role at another VW franchise dealership where I spent another 3 years. Foll...
MAX, BURY ST EDMUNDS • 10th January 2022
SEAT Ibiza • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Suffolk, 40 years of experience
We have been operating since 2014. We are able to do MOT on class 4, 5, and 7 vehicles. Ability to carry out servicing on all makes models. We can diagnose any faults. Some of the other services we offer inc...
MICHAEL, Essex • 11th May 2021
Ford Mondeo • Timing belt replacement
Mobile mechanic serving Suffolk, 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
ANDY, Essex • 29th April 2021
Skoda Octavia • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Suffolk, 25 years of experience
Rover and jaguar 5 years Vauxhall 10 years Manger at Kwik fit 4 years Independent self building myself and my wife after alot of hard choices in November 2019 formed mckay autosports limted specialising...
Mobile mechanic serving Suffolk, 30 years of experience
I have always worked on my own throughout my career and I worked part-time in a garage helping out for a number of years with Stanway Garage in Colchester and I am also a qualified MOT tester. I have taken m...
CHRIS, Halstead • 11th January 2018
Mobile mechanic serving Suffolk, 14 years of experience
I completed my 4 year apprenticeship at Volvo and then moved to London where I worked for Volvo. After returning to Cambridge I became a mobile mechanic for 5 years and the ran a garage for 3 years. I'm now ...
TERRY, Haverhill • 2nd April 2015
Mobile mechanic serving Suffolk, 22 years of experience
I have over 22 years experience in the industry as well as 17 years in the main dealer. Essex Fleet Care uses fully qualified and certified technicians to ensure our workmanship remains the best quality as p...
ALLEN, Colchester • 31st January 2020
Volkswagen Passat • Timing belt replacement
Garage serving Suffolk, 20 years of experience
Jhmotors born in 2016 by owner Joe Hodea who has over 20 years in the industry. Joe has spent many years working in main dealers and has experience with Jeep/Chrysler, Ford ,Skoda ,Vw ,and Peugeot to name ...
Frequently asked questions about cambelt change, repair & replacements in Suffolk
Read our answers to questions about cambelt change costs, symptoms and more.
What does a timing belt (cambelt) replacement in Suffolk 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 Suffolk?
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 Suffolk?
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 Suffolk garages offer home collection and delivery for cambelt change?
Yes, many garages in Suffolk 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 Suffolk.
Can Suffolk mobile mechanics do cambelt change at my home or office?
Typically no, Suffolk 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 Suffolk
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