When it comes to car servicing, Timing Belt/Cambelt replacement is without doubt the most important serviceable component of a car’s engine. The Timing Belt/Cambelt has an incredibly important job controlling the camshafts in the engine and keeps it running smoothly, if left unchanged and it breaks, it can seriously lighten your wallet.
It is important that you know the change interval of your Timing Belt/Cambelt as going over the manufacturers’ recommendation can lead to a slipped or snapped belt. In many cases this requires a new engine or engine repair costing hundreds if not thousands of pounds.
At Roy Tolley Express Service we can carry out Timing belt / Cambelt replacement in Colchester on most makes and models, please call us for a price or information on when your vehicles is due a replacement.
10 Frequently asked questions
1. Is a Timing belt the same as a Cambelt?
They are both the same.
2. When should I replace my timing belt?
Timing belts should be replaced at certain mileage or time intervals.
This could be anything from 50,000 miles up to 100,000 miles or from 4
3. What would happen if my timing belt snapped?
Your engine would stop immediately
4. Are there any warning signs that a timing belt is about to snap?
The simple answer is no, but if you hear any unusual noises coming from your engine, don't ignore it, get it checked out.
5. If my timing belt snaps will it damage my engine.
Yes! Timing belts are connected to the camshaft and the crankshaft, when
the belt snaps the turning momentum of the crankshaft that the pistons
are attached to will hit the valves in the cylinder head and seriously
damage your engine.
6. Will I have to have a new engine fitted?
In extreme cases the engine may be damaged beyond repair but sometimes
the damage can be repaired, which is a very expensive process.
7. What has to be done to repair an engine that has suffered from a snapped timing belt?
The cylinder head has to be removed from the engine block and the valves are stripped from the head. The valve guides are inspected for cracks and replaced if necessary. The damaged valves are replaced and the cylinder head is rebuilt fitting new valve steam oil seals. It is then fitted back onto the engine block using a new head gasket and Timing belt.
8. What can be done to avoid my timing belt snapping?
Simply have a new Timing belt fitted.
9. I've just bought a new car but the previous owner didn't know if the belt had been replaced. What should I do?
If in ANY doubt whatsoever just fit a new Timing belt.
10. My timing belt looks new and still has clear writing on it, will I be OK to leave it?
That is entirely your choice, but the best policy is to get it changed at your manufacturer defined intervals.
At Roy Tolley Express Service we offer a Standard Service and a Major Service at great prices compared to franchised dealers and our competitors and you save even more when taken with a MOT Test.
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