Timing Belt & Cambelt Replacement

Does your timing belt need replacing? Timing belts, also commonly known as timing chains and cam belts, are an essential part of your vehicle’s engine. Failure to replace them upon the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines can result in serious damage to your vehicle’s engine. They are without a doubt the most serviceable component of your car’s engine. Since the timing belt has an important job controlling and keeping the camshafts and engine components running smoothly, if left unchanged, over time it will perish and break. This often results in an engine rebuild.

When Should I Consider Timing Belt and Cambelt Replacement?

At DCM, we can perform timing belt and cambelt replacement on any vehicle. The cam belt replacement cost is significantly lower to that of timing belt repair work. This is why we advise you on the intervals at which your timing belt should be replaced to help you avoid huge repair bills.

We can refer to manufacturer’s recommendations, cross reference any previous service intervals and make recommendations on a change.


Signs That Your Timing Belt Needs Replacing

  • Your cam belt is making a loud noise shortly after you have started your engine, such as hissing, grinding or rumbling. A loose belt most commonly produces a squealing noise, which could imply that the cam belt is worn and needs replacing.

  • Your vehicle isn’t starting. A visual check is normally required to ensure the camshaft is turning. If this is not the case, then your timing belt is broken.

If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can determine if your timing belt is causing the problem.


Top Tips for Making Your Timing Belt Last Longer

• Drive smoothly and refrain from erratic braking and accelerating.

• Change gear smoothly and avoid aggressive gear changes (especially back down the gearbox) to prevent unnecessary pressures on the engine and a potential snapped cam belt.

• Ensure that you get any warning signs checked out as soon as possible.

• Make sure you replace your timing belt at the recommended intervals as provided by us.


To discuss timing and cambelt replacement or to learn more about our range of services, contact your local team in Blandford, Sturminster Newton or Shaftesbury via phone or email and we will be happy to help.  

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