Signs your cambelt needs replacing

Getting your cambelt replaced when it’s due is a vital part of car maintenance, it’s also one of the many ways to keep yourself and your passengers safe when you’re on the road.

When left to break of its own accord, a broken timing belt can cause untold damage to the car’s engine as pistons and valves collide, leaving you with a broken down car and costly repairs.

It’s because of the cost of replacing a cambelt that people can be put off getting the job done, but when they realise how much it could cost to fix the damage that a broken cambelt can cause, often they think again. And, while it’s possible to fix a broken cam belt to get your car home, this is also only a temporary solution.

It’s without doubt safer, better and more cost effective to get a timing belt replacement done before disaster strikes. So, if there is a problem with your cambelt and it’s getting to the time when it’s becoming worn, there are a few signs your cambelt needs replacing:

The warning signs

  • Timing belt slipping – this creates a high pitched noise on starting the car or idling, which means you’re losing traction. It’s especially audible in wet weather or if you’re pulling a heavy load.
  • Difficult to start – one of the most common problems for ignition comes from having a faulty timing belt.
  • Unusual revs – if the timing belt is loose it will start to slip as you accelerate. So if your car starts to behave strangely when your revs are between 2000 and 4000 RPM, the timing belt could be the cause.
  • Hydroplaning – when water can’t be removed from the worn belt causing it to hydroplane and parts of the engine to lose power.
  • Leaking engine oil/ coolant – watch out for drips on your driveway.
  • Vibration and excessive heat – this is caused by misalignment of the belt which means the internal components of the tensioner have failed and overall performance will be affected.
  • Unusual exhaust emissions – the car is producing much more smoke than usual, because the engine is struggling under the pressure.
  • Cracking along the belt – signs that it is getting worn out.
  • Glazing – shiny underside of the cambelt which means it is stiff and inflexible.
  • Erratic behaviour on long journeys.
  • Lost teeth – in the same way as you might spot oil patches underneath the car, an older timing belt will begin to lose teeth, so look out for these too.

Recognise any of these? Call us now

We recommend that a cambelt should be changed every four to five years or 60,000 miles, depending on your car and its age. It’s also a good idea to ensure you carry out checks on your timing belt by looking out for any of the problems mentioned above and getting your car serviced regularly.

If you have noticed any of the symptoms above and it’s due for a replacement, then you can contact us now to get the work done in the most cost effective and convenient way. At The Mobile Garage People we will also guarantee your cambelt until the next belt change is due.

Our cambelt services cover Leicester, Nottingham, Melton, Loughborough, Coalville, Market Harborough.



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