Cambelt Replacement

What is a cambelt and why is cambelt replacement important?

A cambelt, also called a timing belt, is a special rubber belt reinforced with fiber cords. It connects the crankshaft and camshaft in your car’s engine. This connection keeps the engine running smoothly by making sure everything moves at the right time.

Why is cambelt replacement so important? Well, let’s put it simply. The crankshaft changes the pistons’ up-and-down motion into the spinning energy that moves your car’s wheels. Meanwhile, the camshaft controls how air and gas get in and out of the engine by opening and closing valves. The cambelt is what links these two parts together. Without it, the pistons and valves would crash into each other, causing serious damage to the engine. So, it’s very important to replace the cambelt regularly to keep your engine healthy and avoid expensive repairs.

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Cambelt Replacement

When is the right time for cambelt replacement?


Phone or email our team of specialist technicians with the make, model and registration number of your vehicle and we will give you specific advice on cambelt replacement.

It’s an important question, especially if you’re not sure about your car’s history, especially with Japanese imports. The timing for cambelt replacement depends on things like how far you’ve driven, how old your car is, and what the manufacturer suggests.

To keep your engine in good condition, you should have the cambelt replacement done before it wears out or breaks. This could cause big problems with your engine. At our workshop, our mechanics can give you personalised advice based on what kind of car you have. We’ll check your cambelt’s condition and tell you if it need a cambelt replacement.

It’s best not to wait until there’s a problem – choosing cambelt replacement before it breaks can save you from spending a lot of money on repairs later. Give us a call today or visit us in Tāmaki to set up a check and make sure your car’s cambelt is in good condition, so your engine keeps working for a long time.

Cambelt Information

Additional components

The auto tensioner is a high-pressure, fluid-filled tensioning system that reacts to temperature, optimising the tension applied to the cambelt relative to the temperature.  If your vehicle operates this system of cambelt tensioning we advise you to replace this in conjunction with the cambelt.

All cambelts rely on tensioner and idler bearings to keep them guided and in some instances, tensioned correctly.  Once the front of the engine is dismantled, our technicians examine these bearings carefully for wear and tear.

Behind the camshaft, balance shafts, oil pumps and crankshaft gears, are oil seals.  If oil leaks onto the cambelt, belt deterioration and premature failure will result.  Ask our experienced technicians to provide a quote to replace your seals.

The water pump is sometimes driven by the cambelt and usually always requires removal of the cambelt to replace – even if it is driven by an auxiliary belt.  Any sign of leakage or noise would indicate that replacement of the water pump is required.

Drive belts run auxiliary components such as the alternator, power steering, air conditioning and sometimes the water pump.  In most cases these drive belts are removed prior to replacing the cambelt. Our technicians inspect the drive belts for damage and will recommend replacement if it is necessary.  Please note: after new drive belts are fitted, they may require further adjustment due to stretching.  The stretching causes a distinct squealing noise that usually occurs when the engine is cold.  The re-adjustment would usually be carried out at no additional cost.

Contact our friendly team for a quote to have your vehicles cambelt and associated components replaced.

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