Knowing when your cambelt was last replaced can make the difference between enjoyable driving OR an expensive, labour intensive repair bill.

At Hamilton Automotive we recommend replacing this belt every 5 years OR 100,000Kms; whichever comes first. It’s so important that you don’t neglect to have this done.

An easy way of explaining how important a cambelt is to imagine that you are riding a pushbike. If the chain breaks or comes off, the bike stops. That’s what happens when a cambelt snaps. Only it’s much easier to fix a bike chain!

The cost is not the price of the belt, but in the affect on your engine when the belt goes.

The cambelt keeps the engine in time, stopping the valves from hitting the pistons. When it breaks it can cost $1500 or more to replace the valves.

Always check the kilometres in the cambelt by looking at the service records, when buying a second hand car.  Additionally find out when it was last replaced. If you cannot confirm this, it may be best to walk away. In any vehicle pre-purchase inspection, this is one of the most important things to note. Make certain you know the condition of your new cars cambelt!

A Cambelt /timing belt is found in the front or side of your engine behind the plastic cambelt covers. This belt is designed to reduce friction and generate more horsepower.

This belt should be changed every 100,000kms or 5 years, whatever comes first. In some engines there are 2 belts, a cambelt/timing belt or a balance belt. If you are unsure contact Hamilton Automotive with your make and model and we’ll advise you.

As some engines are more prone to damage than others, ask your mechanic if you have a concern about yours. For more information or an obligation free quote contact Hamilton Automotive today on: (07) 847 1865.

You will find Hamilton Automotive mechanical services particularly convenient if you live or work around the following areas:

Frankton, Claudelands, Chartwell, Dinsdale, Melville.