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What is a timing belt?

The timing belt, also known as the cambelt, is responsible for synchronising the crankshaft and the camshaft. As the inlet valves open, the engine takes in air and expels toxic fumes at a specific point within the cycle. Travelling at a constant speed around pulleys, the timing belt moves in a regular, formulated motion.

When to change the timing belt

To ensure a fully-functioning cambelt, it must be maintained at the correct level of tension. The tension pulleys are responsible for maintaining the optimum tension level, which is something that should be checked regularly and replaced if you detect a fault. If the belt is too loose, there’s a chance it may flap about which could result in the premature opening of the engine valves. Alternatively, too tight and the cog bearings will endure excess strain.

As well as the tension problems, cracks, shredding and a squealing sound are also signs that your timing belt needs replacing. Either one of these timing belt symptoms can cause the cambelt to snap without warning, so carrying out regular maintenance checks are vitally important.

What is the recommended mileage to change the timing belt?

Alongside many manufacturers, we recommend that a timing belt change happens every 60,000 miles. If your vehicle is due a timing belt change, Halfords can help, with replacement belts available for a variety of makes and models.

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Finding the correct products for your cambelt replacement is essential, as our products vary depending on the make, model and age of your car. Using our vehicle registration tool, you can locate products designed specifically for your car - ensuring an efficient and hassle-free repair. Within our range, you’ll also find a great selection of timing belt kits to help with your repair.

Once you’ve found the products you require, use our convenient click & collect service to get hold of your products quickly. We also offer a trusted delivery service if you’d prefer to have your products delivered to a home or work address. Still unsure which products to choose? Head down to your local Halfords store where one of our team will be happy to assist you.