Does your Timing belt need replacing?
Over the last few days we have had a high number of breakdown call outs due to timing belt failure. The Timing belt or Cam belt as it is also know is a rubber belt that does not last for ever. It is a service item that should be changed periodically, this is usually tied in with one of the manufactures scheduled main services. It will be mileage or time related ie. Needs changing at 50,000 miles or 5 Years. This recommendation does vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on engine and model etc. and needs to be done on or before this recommended limit.
The cost of changing your timing belt does vary from car to car but on average you are looking between £100 and £200 for a full timing belt kit replacement. This I know many of you are now thinking how deal this sounds to have a rubber belt changed when you car is running fine. Well please read on, should you be driving along and your vehicle suddenly cuts out and will not start back up no doubt you will call for recovery. If this turns out to be your timing belt that has failed not only do you have the cost of the recovery from wherever you have broken, down but also the cost of the damaged that has just happened to your engine.
Before you can know the full extent of the damage to your engine it will need to be stripped down for investigation, mainly have the cylinder head removed to physically see any damage before you can start with repairing it. Most garages will give you a rough estimate for repair but until the full damage can be seen you will not get an accurate price. The final cost of repair can vary from £250 to anything around £1000 upwards depending on your vehicle. On Average I would say you are going to be paying at least £500 for a normal family car.
Now going back to the cost of changing a timing belt at between £100 and £200 for a normal family car it is starting to look very cheap and economical and something we all like is to save money in the long run. Prevention is always better than the cure so get your vehicle booked in to at least have your belt checked to see when it will need replacing before its too late.