Your cambelt will need changing at some point during your cars life span. However, the timeframe that your cambelt will need changing is between 40,000 and 100,000 miles or between four and six years. Although there is no one size fits all approach, our latest blog discusses the signs that your cambelt may need changing so you can avoid costly work should the cambelt fail.

What is Cambelt?

Firstly, it is worth noting that the cambelt is also known as the timing belt and is one of the most important parts of your car’s engine.

Put simply, the cambelt (or timing belt) is a rubber belt with teeth on it that synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft.

How Ofen Should I Change my Cambelt?

Although, as we previously explained, there is no one size fits all approach, your manufacturer’s handbook will give you a guide on when the cambelt will need changing. However, it is worth noting that the manufacturer’s recommendation will be the absolute maximum time frame and failure of the camblet can cause serious mechanical problems.

Signs Your Cambelt Needs Changing?

Unfortunately, you may not always notice signs when you cambelt needs changing. If you’re lucky enough to be warned before your cam belt fails, you may notice the following:

A squealing, hissing, grinding, rattling, chirping or rumbling kind. A squealing sound may indicate a loose belt.

Sometimes, an issue with your cambelt may mean your vehicle does not start at all because the camshaft will not rotate at the same time as the crankshaft without the belt.

A visual check will also be able to tell if your cambelt needs replacing. If the belt appears glossy or glazed on the underside, this means that the belt is becoming hard and will not provide the flexibility that the belt needs.

Griffin Autos

Here at Griffin Autos, we provide a wide variety of services, ensuring your car remains safe to drive. If your car is due for a service, please call our specialist team today on 01525 402896 to make your appointment.