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Our expert insights into timing belt replacement

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What does a timing belt do?

It is a vital engine component with a key role to play in keeping your motor running smoothly. It ensures the top and bottom halves of your engine rotate precisely in time with each other.

Symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt

Like most car parts, your timing belt will wear out eventually due to cracking, snapping or tearing. If a grinding or squeaking noise is being emitted from your engine, it could be a malfunctioning timing belt.

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How much does it cost to change my timing belt?

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What happens when we replace your timing belt?

Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will replace your timing belt kit and water pump.

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What does a timing belt do?

It is a vital engine component with a key role to play in keeping your motor running smoothly. It ensures the top and bottom halves of your engine rotate precisely in time with each other.

Symptoms of a malfunctioning timing belt

Like most car parts, your timing belt will wear out eventually due to cracking, snapping or tearing. If a grinding or squeaking noise is being emitted from your engine, it could be a malfunctioning timing belt.

View more symptomsView more symptoms

How much does it cost to change my timing belt?

Save up to 30% on your timing belt replacement. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

What happens when we replace your timing belt?

Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will replace your timing belt kit and water pump.

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Daniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often should a timing belt need replacing?

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Terry

Terry, Fixter in-house mechanic expert

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How much does timing belt replacement cost?

How much does timing belt replacement cost?

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A typical timing belt replacement in the UK costs around £254.15 - £274.09. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a timing belt replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We have computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much the timing belt replacement should cost.

Car make and modelDealers
average price
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Vauxhall Antara Diamond Cdti

2.2 litres

£316.68 £264.1217%

Audi A5 Se Technik

1.8 litres

£301.68 £254.1516%

Mitsubishi Galant

2.5 litres

£300.41 £254.1515%

Mercedes A150 Classic Se

1.5 litres

£331.35 £271.6018%

Skoda Octavia Elegance Tdi

1.9 litres

£312.33 £271.6013%

Hyundai Amica

1 litres

£308.98 £261.6315%

Mazda 323

1.8 litres

£328.63 £271.6017%

Volvo 850

2 litres

£295.40 £256.6513%

Ford Capri

2 litres

£327.26 £274.0916%

Toyota Auris Icon Vvt

1.8 litres

£319.78 £256.6520%

Audi A5 Se Technik

1.8 litres

£301.68 £254.1516%

Toyota Auris Icon Vvt

1.8 litres

£319.78 £256.6520%

Mitsubishi Galant

2.5 litres

£300.41 £254.1515%

Mercedes A150 Classic Se

1.5 litres

£331.35 £271.6018%

Skoda Octavia Elegance Tdi

1.9 litres

£312.33 £271.6013%

* The cost of your timing belt replacement depends on your car make and model and may vary depending on your location.

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We personally select every local garage based on our unique 25-point criteria, which includes staff qualifications, equipment standards and customer ratings.

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Every service carried out by our partner garages is fully reviewed.

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Any additional work needed will be carried out for free.

Want to learn more about timing belt replacement?

Want to learn more about timing belt replacement?

What does a timing belt do?

The timing belt, or cambelt, is a vital engine component with a key role to play in keeping your motor running smoothly. It ensures the top and bottom halves of your engine rotate precisely in time with each other. Essentially, this ribbed rubber belt with teeth synchronises the crankshaft and camshaft's rotation. It controls the sequencing and timing of the opening and closing of the valves on the cylinders in your engine to provide the right combustion.

Camshafts, made up of the main journals, the lobes (or bulges) and the ends, control the valves in the cylinder head. A rocker head takes the spinning motion of an overhead camshaft and turns it into the movement that opens and closes the valves.

Timing chains essentially perform the same function as cambelts but may be slightly noisier. The chains generally last as long as the vehicle (and generally require less frequent replacing), although the plastic guides they run over may not.

What causes timing belt to break?

The main reasons for a timing belt to break are its age and usage, or a failing water pump. Old age causes the materials to lose functionality, and overuse will wear a timing belt's teeth and tension. Contamination over time, from oil, water or other debris, can encourage deterioration. A failed water pump will seize the operation of the gears with such a force it can cause the timing belt to snap.

When should a timing belt be replaced?

For years, the recommended mileage for a timing belt replacement was 60,000 miles. However, as technology has improved many manufacturers recommend intervals of up to 100,000 miles. However, there's huge variation between manufacturers and different engines. So you might need a new belt after 4 years, or 6 , or after driving 40,000 or 100,000 miles. Check your owner's manual for the specific recommendation for your car.

What is the average cost to replace a timing belt?

The cost of replacing your timing belt will vary from car to car. Typically, prices range from £200 to £500. Prices will vary depending on your vehicle make and model, and also where you choose to have the replacement carried out.

Is it expensive to replace a timing belt?

At between £200 and £500, it may seem like an expensive replacement cost. However, if you compare the cost to replacing your engine, which a worn or snapped timing belt can lead to, it represents great value.

What is the average life of a timing belt?

The lifespan of a timing belt is estimated at around 7 to 10 years. The typical anticipated mileage is approximately 60,000 to 100,000, but anything over 75/80,000 miles should be avoided. As rubber is a perishable material, performance will suffer and decline over time. Given the importance of your timing belt to your engine, it really isn't worth the risk.

What are the symptoms of a bad timing belt?

A worn or failing timing belt can often be detected by the following symptoms: a ticking noise coming from the engine, an engine that won't turn over, a misfiring engine, loss of power, or oil leaking from the front of the motor where the belt cover is situated.

Another indication that the timing belt isn't performing correctly is an illuminated dashboard warning light (flashing or check engine light).

Can a timing belt last 200 000 miles?

It's highly unlikely. There may have been instances where a timing belt has lasted longer and achieved much higher mileages than industry recommendations, but we don't recommend you try to find out for yourself. It could be the most expensive trial you take on, with engine repair or replacement costing up to £15–20k.

What happens when the timing belt breaks while driving?

The short answer is: It will damage your engine.

The long answer is: The camshaft stops turning, leaving some engine valves open. The heavier crankshaft continues rotating, causing pistons to crash into the open engine valves, bending or breaking them and possibly the cylinders. Damaged pistons and cylinders require the engine to be repaired or even replaced.

Will a broken timing belt destroy my engine?

It depends on your engine type. There are 2 types of engine concerning this issue: an interference engine and a non-interference engine.

If your car has an interference engine then engine, damage is highly likely. A non-interference engine is far less likely to suffer engine damage when the timing belt breaks.

Do you need to replace the water pump with a timing belt?

Your water pump has the same estimated lifespan as your timing belt. Although it's not imperative, it's highly recommended that both components are changed at the same time. Their operations are dependent on each other, and when replacing a timing belt, you have to remove the water pump to access it. There is no good reason not to replace one without replacing the other.

Does a new timing belt improve performance?

No. It can only restore the correct function, and timing, of your engine. It will improve your engine reliability, that's for sure, and you might sense your engine performing better if the old timing belt had become worn or loose. An incorrectly tensioned belt can lead to differences in your engine's timing. However, fitting a new belt won't improve your engine performance, only return it to its correct operation.

Can you drive with a broken timing belt?

No. Once your timing belt breaks, your engine will immediately stop running and turn off. Depending on which type of engine system your car operates with, will determine the amount of damage. Your engine won't start again, either way.

How long does it take to replace a timing belt and water pump?

Depending on your car and your mechanic, it can take anywhere between 3 and 6 hours to replace your timing belt and water pump. Given that you must remove the water pump to access the timing belt, and they both have the same lifespan, it's highly recommended to replace both at once. If you chose to replace both separately, you could end up paying almost double due to hourly labour rates.

How much does it cost to replace the water pump and timing belt?

Typically, replacing a timing belt and water pump can cost anywhere between £300 and £900, but it all depends on the make and model of your car and who carries out the work.

A new water pump can cost between £40 and £100 and a timing belt between £30 and £50. The rest of the costs are mainly labour charges. Prices will be higher if you appoint a dealership to carry out the replacement than if you choose a local mechanic or Fixter partner.

What happens if you don't change the timing belt?

If you don't change your timing belt, you're running the risk of it failing. If your timing belt fails, it will leave you stranded, and worse still, possibly with severe engine damage that could mean the end of your car's useful life.

How long can you go without changing a timing belt?

The industry standard recommendation is 7 to 10 years. A suggested mileage of around 60,000 is considered the healthy lifespan of a timing belt, but even if you haven't reached that we strongly recommend that you replace the belt. Tensioners manage the stretch that occurs in the rubber belts to keep them working, but as the rubber ages and degrades, there is no guarantee that the belt's teeth will retain their solid construction.

What noise does a bad timing belt make?

You may hear squealing , rattling or chirping when there's a loss in tension. Where a pulling bearing fails, you may hear squealing or grinding noises. Knocking and slapping sounds occur when the belt is too loose and comes into contact with other components or the timing cover.

How do I know if my car has a timing belt or chain?

If you take a look at your engine, a timing belt is likely to have a plastic cover at one end; a timing chain won't. That said, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.

A timing belt is a rubber loop with grooves or teeth that slot into the shaft sprockets of your engine. A timing chain has a heavy-duty metal construction, with links that sit on the teeth of the sprockets.

Do timing belts deteriorate with age?

Yes. Despite being manufactured from durable rubber, and layers of chord designed to prevent stretching, they will degrade with age, and deteriorate. Age, therefore, is possibly a more important factor than mileage, so consider years as the more prominent measure of your belt's condition, rather than miles.

Can low oil cause timing belt to break?

If your timing belt tensioner is pressurised by the engine oil, then too little oil could add to possible causes of failure. Also, your camshafts require oil to operate. Without it, they could lock up, causing your timing belt to snap.

How do you check a timing belt?

Your timing belt is a rubber loop with teeth around the inside that sit within cogs or sockets, driving different parts of your engine. You should be able to see it at the side of your engine. If not, you may have to remove the cover designed to protect it.

The rubber should be smooth on the outside, with none of its metal insides exposed. Look out for cracks or missing chunks. Check the condition of the teeth. Any broken or missing teeth require the belt to be replaced immediately. A healthy belt shouldn't twist more than halfway around. If it does, there's too much free play, which could mean a failing tensioner or a failing belt.

What does replacing a timing belt do?

It helps to maintain the longest possible life of your car's engine. Your timing belt ensures the premium operation of your engine. To ensure the optimum power and acceleration of your engine, and its most efficient fuel economy, it's important to have a healthy and correctly tensioned timing belt.

Is changing timing belt hard? Can I replace the timing belt myself?

It depends on your mechanical expertise. Your engine timing depends on the correct alignment of the gears that carry the belt, so any errors made along the way could be incredibly costly. If the tension is too tight or too loose, this can also lead to disaster. If you're not a confident and competent home mechanic, it's a job much better left to the experts.

Does MOT check timing belt?

The timing belt will not be examined at your car's MOT, but the associated issues of running a car with a faulty timing belt can lead to severe engine damage, which can.

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