Cam Belt Repairs in London

Cam belts are also know as timing belts, and they control your engine timing to ensure you engine continues to run smoothly and efficiently. Usually, you should think about replacing your cam belt every 60,000 miles, or every 5 years – whichever comes around sooner.

You can check in your owners manual for more details about when you should change your cam belt as recommended for your car engine make and model, or check with us for quick and easy advice.

The cam belt is an important part of your engine, and shouldn’t be overlooked during regular maintenance. This is why at Auto400, we make checking your cam belt for wear and tear a priority.

What Is A Cam Belt?

Most cars carry a cam belt that is made of thick rubber reinforced and strengthened with woven nylon. In some makes of car and vans the belt can actually be a chain. A regular rubber cam belt is made with textured square teeth on the inside surface. Its actual function is to transfer the rotation of the crankshaft to the camshaft that drives the engines valves. The belts timing regulates the air and fuel feed to the cylinders and removes exhaust fumes.

When Things Goes Wrong

We know that if your cam belt fails, you can break down at the most inconvenient time and place, and can seriously impact on your travel plans. Not only this, a broken cam belt can cause severe damage to your engine, so you may find yourself left with a hefty repair bill on top.

Some engine spaces are tight, and that means there is minimal clearance between the valves and pistons. These crucial and fast-moving parts are vulnerable to damage from collision unless their moving parts are synchronised properly.

This is why having your cam belt checked and replaced regularly is so important to maintaining the smooth efficiency of your car engine. Without a functioning cam belt, your engine will be subjected to severely damaged valves, pistons, cylinder walls and cylinder heads. Which would you prefer to receive a bill for? An inexpensive cam belt, or a bill for repairs to your engine that would be much more expensive to replace than a cam belt.

Double up to save time and money

Replacing a worn cam belt will require us to also remove the drive belt. Rather than only replace the cam belt for a new one, it would make sense to also replace the drive belt at the same time. This will not only save you precious time having to have your drive belt replaced further down the line, but it will also save you some money on parts and labour to have both belts replaced at the same time.

Is it time for a cam belt check?

When some faults develop with your vehicle it can be quite obvious. You can tell if you are having problems with your clutch or breaks because you will experience difficulties while driving. However, it can be extremely difficult to to tell if you have an issue with your cam belt. There can be no obvious signs while you are driving.

If you are buying a used vehicle, you can check the service history to see when the cam belt was last replaced. If you notice that is has been a while since it was last replaced, it would be wise to have it checked over at one of our service centres that is close to you. Replacing a cam belt every 60,000 miles or so is a good guideline, but if you are worried, it will put your mind at rest to have it checked out by one of our experienced team.

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