The only part of your car that you fix before it breaks!

We all do our best to service our vehicles and we all make sure we keep them maintained against all possible mechanical failures.

We expect and try to prevent cases of brake, clutch or gearbox failure; nevertheless failure of the clutch, brakes or gearbox usually has no consequential effects, apart from a replacement part being fitted.

However, it should not be surprising to learn that one of the greatest dangers to cars is also one of the least well known, the death of many older or high mileage cars is nothing other than a failure of the timing belt.

With most cars using interference engines, the risk of timing belt failure is very real, very expensive and very stressful.

Timing belt failure: Is my car at risk?

Timing belt failure can happen without warning. Regardless of the age of the belt, or how many miles it has done.

Other engine parts failing can cause timing belt failure. For example, your tensioner’s or water pump could seize causing the belt to snap. Any disruption to the timing belt will impact on internal engine functions.

A timing belt usually doesn’t give any warning signs that it’s about to fail. You can usually spot when a clutch, or the gearbox is degrading. A timing belt however can fail at any time.

Most car engines are not designed to cope with timing belt failure. If the belt breaks, the timing and movement of internal engine parts will no longer be managed. This usually results in engine damage and your vehicle coming to a stop.

The average repair bill for a failed timing belt is over £1,600. The average cost to replace a timing belt is £400

What can be done to minimise the risk?

Replace the timing belt at the correct mileage or time period: The replacement interval varies from car to car; some are changed on mileage, some on time period or a factor of both. These are manufacturer specified and are easily obtainable from the vehicle handbook, under service schedule.

Be aware of any unusual squeaks or droning noises from the engine: These noises can identify a pulley, idler or belt tensioner that is ready to seize up or break.

Remember, even though you may get all of your scheduled services, oil changes etc, nothing can save you from a timing belt failure, if it is not replaced.

Make sure to get your timing belt replaced at the correct interval, at an average cost of £400.  It can mean the different between a good running car and the worst-case scenario, a replacement engine. Which in older cars is not cost effective and usually results in the car being scrapped

Contact us now to book your Timing Belt replacement

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