A Guide to Cambelt Replacements and Your Car

Posted on by Steve Whipp

You’ve probably heard about cambelts or timing belts but do you know how essential they are to the smooth running of your vehicle? A cambelt is basically a rubber belt which is flat on one side and toothed on the other. You’ll find it in your car’s engine, it wraps around several vital components in your engine, the camshaft, crankshaft etc. A car’s cambelt manages the engine’s timing and ensure that the valves and pistons don’t collide with each other.

When Should I Replace It?

Knowing when to replace the cambelt or timing belt on your car varies between makes and models, it could be anything from every 50,000 miles to 100,000, or it could be every 5 or 10 years. Do a bit of research; check your manual, your local dealership or even the internet. It’s important to replace it before it’s due, don’t wait for it to snap! We would also recommend replacing the belt tensioners and the waterpump when the cambelt is changed. Most of the cost of replacing the waterpump is in the labour and its failure could lead to needing to change the headgasket.

What Happens When the Cambelt Snaps?

When the cambelt or timing belt snaps in your car, it will lose power immediately and stop working, leaving you needing a lift home! When a belt snaps it can cause a lot of damage to your engine, including bending all the valves.

What Do You Do Next?

Unfortunately for a lot of cars this is the point where you have to make a decision of whether to get your car fixed or whether scrapping it might be a more cost effective option. Snapped cambelts or timing belts can result in engine head dismantling and valve replacement, among other things, so you could easily be looking at a garage bill setting you back hundreds of pounds. A cheaper alternative for older cars were replacement engines are readily available is to simply swap the engine over. A good salvage yard will check an engine is worth transferring from a car which has come to the end of its life for other reasons, perhaps an accident, gear box failure, etc.

Is It Worth It?

You need to weigh up the price it will cost to repair your car with what your car is worth. This is where the team at Recycling Monkey can help; we are here to offer you impartial advice on what is the best option for your car. We will give you honest advice as to whether scrapping a car, getting it repaired, or selling it for someone else to repair is the best option financially for you. For more information or for any advice don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.