What is a cambelt?

The cambelt is also known as the timing belt. A cambelt plays a vital role in keeping your car on the road. Of it breaks, it can have a big effect both in terms of the damage to your car and financially. It’s basically a rubber belt with teeth on it which synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. The most importance maintenance item in your vehicle is the engines cambelt.

What does a cambelt do?

A cambelt regulates the way your engine works. It controls the opening and closing of the valves to the cylinders in time to ensure correct combustion in the engine of the car. Its primary role is to control the timing and sequence of the opening and closing.

How often should you change the cambelt in your car?

When it comes down to how often you should change in cambelt in your car, it depends mainly on the car that you have. Most manufacturers suggest either a time-or mileage-based change, depending on which comes first. The vehicle handbook will specify the change frequency, and a garage should let you know if a cambelt change is due when your car’s serviced.

How much does a cambelt change cost?

The cost for changing a cambelt can vary depending on the make of your car and who does the work. Replacing the cambelt can take several hours’ work which involves taking apart the engine block and putting it back together so the labour of this is the most expensive part.

Are there any early-warning signs?

Often there are no signs that the cambelt has reached the end of the road as it’s so deeply embedded in the engine. Also when you have the cambelt replaced, you may not notice any difference in the way your car drives.