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HiQ Tyres & Autocare Plymouth
UNIT 205-216, FARADAY MILL BUSINESS PARK, PLYMOUTH, PL4 0ST
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At HiQ Plymouth we are proud to be a Trading Standards and RAC approved garage. Here at HiQ Plymouth, we offer MOT'S, vehicle repairs and servicing for individuals, companies and businesses across Devon. We stock leading tyre brands such as Goodyear, Dunlop and Sava along with other leading tyre bra...

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Marshall Motors SW Ltd - Offers
26 Valley Road, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1RF
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Marshall Motors SW LTD is an independently run business that prides itself on offering unrivaled sales, services, MOTs and mechanical repairs to its customers in the local area and further afield. We offer a comprehensive range of services so whether you need to book an MOT, have your car inspect...

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A Gregory Vehicle Service And Repair
Unit 11 Miller Court, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3LQ
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We are a family-run business and we specialize in Servicing and MOT's for all makes and models. We also offer a vehicle recovery service. If you need your vehicle bringing to the garage, we can arrange this for you. All mechanical work undertaken!!!! Should your vehicle require any work you will...

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Prince Rock Garages
Stanley Place, Plymouth, PL4 9LG
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We offer all the major services, such as clutches, brake pads and discs, exhausts, radiators, engine replacement and engine overhauls. You find that we are VERY cheap for clutches and cambelts. Finally, we are fully trained in the very best Launch diagnostic equipment to read, diagnose and fix al...

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RUSSELL HAM LTD
BRITANNIA GARAGE, 4 WOLSELEY ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL2 3BH
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RUSSELL HAM LTD FAMILY RUN BUSINESS ESTABLISHED OVER 50 YEARS. MOT STATION. SERVICING & REPAIRS OF ALL MAKE OF CARS AND SMALL VANS. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR CAR SHOWROOM & CONTACT DETAILS.

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PORSHAM CLOSE BELLIVER MOT CENTRE LTD
Unit 1 Porsham Close, Belliver, Plymouth, PL6 7DB
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Small friendly garage with the emphasis on ensuring friendly service in an efficient manner. We are a garage at Roborough on the outskirts of Plymouth serving the North of the city. Situated within the Belliver Industrial Estate. Apologies unable to offer MOT on Mondays

A cambelt, also known as a timing belt, regulates the combustion process by synchronising your crankshaft and camshaft which, in turn, open and close the cylinder valves. A cambelt problem can be disastrous for your engine. Your car can’t work properly without this toothed belt - your engine parts will smash together more than 100 times a minute, causing irreversible damage.

That’s why you need to look after it properly and book a timing belt replacement when your car needs it.

 

When Do I Need to Book a Cambelt Change?

 

You probably need a cambelt replacement if you notice any of the following warning signs:

  • A slapping or grinding noise
  • Your engine cuts out and won't turn over when you turn the key
  • Your car won't start, accompanied by a clunking noise from the engine
  • Rattling or high-pitched sound while your engine is idling
  • Your car leaks oil
  • A glazed, glossy cambelt underside or cracked or fraying cambelt

However, your cambelt may not give any warning signs before failing. If it snaps, you will not be able to drive your car and you should not attempt to do so. Driving without a cambelt can cause serious engine problems, leading to a more expensive repair or irreversible damage.

 

How Much Does a Cambelt Change Cost?

 

The average UK cambelt change cost is £350. However, the make and model of vehicle you own does affect this price. For example, a Mercedes or Jaguar cambelt change costs more than Ford, VW or Vauxhall. In fact, it can cost as much as £1,200.

 

What Causes Cambelt Problems?

 

There are several reasons why a cambelt can fail but the main cause is old age. Every timing belt has a distinct lifespan and it is likely to snap when it reaches this mileage.

However, a cambelt can also fail due to:

  • Misalignment. A misaligned cambelt is one of the main causes of failure and is usually caused by uneven or excessive wear.
  • Under-tensioned belt. This causes uneven wear and excessive noise while driving.
  • Damaged belt. A worn or damaged belt can significantly reduce the lifespan of your timing belt.
  • Debris. Dirt can rub on the belt, reducing its effectiveness, and oil can attack the belt materials.

While these problems can be caused naturally, an ineffective cambelt change can also lead to extra problems and expense. That’s why you should always choose a reputable garage near you for your replacement.

 

Enter Your Reg and Postcode to Book a Cambelt Change Near You

 

A cambelt change can be expensive, but only if you choose the wrong garage. When you need a timing belt replacement, compare and save with BookMyGarage. Just enter your reg number and postcode to see prices from garages in Plymouth and choose the best deal. Then, select a time and date to suit you to confirm the booking.

You can filter by reviews, distance, availability or price to keep you in control of your booking. What’s more, you always deal with the garage directly, there is no sign-up, unnecessary repairs or hidden extras and you never pay a penny until after your timing belt change is complete. Compare cambelt change costs on BookMyGarage and save up to 70%.

 

Enter Your Reg and Postcode to Compare Garages Near You and Save Up to 70% on Your Timing Belt Replacement

 

Timing Belt Replacement Intervals

 

A timing belt usually lasts between 40,000 and 100,000 miles or 4-6 years. Each manufacturer recommends a different interval for a replacement, so you should check your vehicle handbook or manufacturer forums to find out yours.

During a car service, a mechanic will also advise you on your timing belt replacement intervals. If it is coming to the end of its lifespan, they will suggest a cambelt change as soon as possible.

 

How Long Does a Timing Belt Change Take?

 

A cambelt change takes between 3-6 hours. It is buried deep within the engine and so isn’t very accessible for the mechanic. This means that much of your timing belt cost is made up of labour costs.

 

Timing Chain Replacement

 

Some vehicles use a timing chain to regulate the combustion process rather than a cambelt. This looks like a metal bicycle chain and requires lubricant to work. It is much more durable than a timing belt, lasting more than 200,000 miles if looked after well. However, you should book regular oil and filter changes and a timing chain service after 125,000 miles to keep it in good condition.

If your oil pressure falls too low, you may need to book a timing chain replacement. Common warning signs of this are:

  • A misfiring engine while driving
  • Metal shavings in your engine oil
  • Engine rattling while idle

Consult your vehicle handbook to find out whether your vehicle uses a timing chain or timing belt. Failing that, you can check your engine bay for a plastic cover on the right- or left-hand side of your engine. If you see this plastic cover, your car uses a timing belt. If not, it uses a timing chain.

To book a timing chain replacement near you, enter your reg number and postcode into our booking tool and compare garages in your area.

 

What do you need from your garage?

We all have different needs, and choosing a garage is no different. For some of us, it’s the quality of the overall service which matters most; not just the work that’s done under the bonnet, but the human interaction that comes with it. BookMyGarage allows you to compare Plymouth garages on everything from their waiting room refreshments or whether having your toddler in tow is going to be a problem, to how clearly the staff can explain the work your car requires.

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