Cambelts, sometimes called a timing belt is one of the most crucial parts in allowing your vehicle to function fully. The main role of a cambelt is to control the timing of your vehicle’s internal combustion engines. It controls the timing and sequence of when the valves to the cylinders open and close. To do that, it makes sure that the crankshaft and the camshaft rotate in sync.
Most people have heard of the part, but not many people know how they work or how they are fitted or maybe even where it is. They usually need to be changed every 50,000 miles or around 4 years. Original manufacturers may have more specific recommendations based on the age or model of the vehicle, however.
Each manufacturer and engine type has a set replacement schedule ,some cars even have a chain fitted on some engine types which would not need replacement
A couple of telltale signs there may be an issue is if the engine won’t start. If the cam belt’s broken, then the cam shaft won’t rotate when the crankshaft turns, so the car may not start at all. Noise may be coming from the engine, Cambelts don’t usually give much notice before they fail, but a rubbing sound from the belt cover area is a sign it’s about to fail.
Hopefully, you have caught it in time before it fails completely but if not then if you notice any of these signs then get it sorted immediately. Putting it off can cause damage to the engine and other components and may result in a much larger bill than you need.
If in any doubt please call or email us and let us check for you.