REPLACE YOUR CAM BELT REGULARLY TO AVOID COSTLY REPAIRS
Cam belts control the timing of your engine, allowing it to keep turning smoothly. On average, cam or timing belts should be replaced every
60,000 miles or every 5 years – your owner’s manual can give you more specific recommendations for your model, or you can ask us for
Often overlooked during routine maintenance, cam belts are a priority for us. If your cam belt fails, your engine will cut and you’ll coast to a
stop, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. And that’s the best case scenario – failing cam belts can cause severe and expensive
damage to your engine.
TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE
When replacing the cam belt, we usually have to remove the engine drive belt at the same time. It’s a good idea to replace this belt, and any
others in your engine, at the same time, to save on time and service fees.
WHAT IS THE CAM BELT?
Cam belts (chains in some cars or vans) are bands of rubber
reinforced with nylon, typically having square teeth on the inside
surface. The belt transfers the rotation of the crankshaft to the
camshaft, activating the engine’s valves. Ultimately the cam belt’s
job is to regulate the provision of air and fuel to the cylinders and
get rid of exhaust gases.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT GOES WRONG?
their movement isn’t properly synchronised. That’s why the cam
belt is so important; if it didn’t exist, or if it failed, you would end
up with damaged valves, pistons, cylinder walls and cylinder
heads. And those are much more expensive to replace than a cam belt.