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Timing belts, commonly called cambelts, are crucial components in your engine. They ensure the crankshaft and camshaft work in sync at the correct speeds.

For context, your engine’s camshaft lets fuel in and out of your engine. Meanwhile, the crankshaft turns the pistons up and down simultaneously. The timing belt makes sure they’re both aligned. This is crucial as even a minor disruption can damage your engine.

How to spot a faulty timing belt

Identifying a faulty timing belt can be tricky as it’s an internal engine component. However, there are some signs and symptoms that can help you spot a faulty timing belt:

  • Ticking noises: If you hear ticking or clicking sounds from the engine, your timing belt could be damaged.
  • Engine problems: A fault with your timing belt can cause a problem with your engine’s timing, potentially leading to poor performance or a rough-sounding engine.
  • Hard stalling: Stalling can be caused by timing belt issues, as the balance between the camshaft and crankshaft is disrupted.
  • Loss of power: A timing belt slipping or broken can lead to a significant loss of power, as your engine may not work correctly.
  • Visible damage: Sometimes, you may be able to spot visible signs of timing belt damage, such as cracks, fraying or missing teeth.

When to replace your timing belt

Replacing your timing belt is recommended anywhere between 40,000 to 100,000. This is dependent on various factors, including the age of your timing belt, wear and tear and your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

Sump pump and plug

You’ll find a sump pump beneath the engine blocks. It’s designed to collect oil that’s been pumped around your engine. The sump plug is positioned at the pump's base and allows the oil to drain away when the plug is unscrewed.

Fuel injectors

Fuel injectors play a pivotal role in delivering fuel to your engine. Their main function is to spray a precise amount of fuel into the engine’s combustion chamber at the right time and pattern.

Timing Belt FAQs

Typically, timing belts cost between £250-£1,000. How much you pay will depend on factors such as vehicle type and existing damage.

The optimal time to change your timing belt depends on your manufacturer's recommendation. This could be anywhere between 40,000 to 100,000 miles.

Timing belts come in all shapes and sizes. Use our free car part lookup tool to find the right timing belt for your car.

If you don’t replace a faulty timing belt, it may snap, which can cause your car to come to a sudden halt and not function. Plus, it leads to further damage to your engine.