Timing Belt Replacement Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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Timing Belt Replacement.

Timing belts, also known as cam belts, play an integral role in the function of the vast majority of vehicles on the road in the UK today. Built, on average, to last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles depending on the manufacturer, timing belts are generally constructed of tough rubber, with uniform indents or grooves along the inside edge. The timing belt’s primary function is to allow the engine to operate by controlling the opening and closing of all engine values – ensuring all aspects of the engine are running in a precise order, and correctly synched. It is hugely important to remain aware of the age and condition of your timing belt and have a timing belt replacement if required – though they are not checked as part of the MOT, their failure can cause significant damage to the engine’s valves and pistons – and can render vehicles immobile.

Auto Service & Tuning Centre is proud to provide a high-quality timing belt replacement service, conducted to a national standard by our Bosch accredited technicians. Our team uses a unique combination of state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, and traditional skill, allowing them to promptly diagnose all timing belt issues, and securely install a high-quality replacement part. Find out more about our timing belt replacement service below;

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Auto Service & Tuning Centre’s trusted partners in timing belt servicing are highly experienced in gearbox fault diagnosis, repair, replacement, and fitting. Contact our team today to book in your vehicle, or for further advice regarding any of our services.

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Top of the line diagnostic equipment

Auto Service & Tuning Centre’s team of Bosch accredited technicians are highly qualified, allowing for the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment within our centre. Using this equipment, our technicians can undertake inspections of all aspects of a car’s engine, including timing belts, resulting in a prompt and accurate diagnosis, and high-quality repair.

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Qualified Technicians

Our professionally trained team is fully qualified and highly experienced in the replacement of both timing belts and chains.

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High quality parts

Auto Service & Tuning Centres guarantee our use of only high quality, or manufacturer-approved timing belts where replacement is required, helping your car perform at its best, at a fraction of dealership costs.

Our Timing Belt Service

Auto Service & Tuning Centre is proud to be a high-quality, independent alternative to dealership timing belt replacement, conducted to the highest standard by Bosch accredited technicians.

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Timing Belt Replacement

As timing belts, or cambelts, are a major part of the majority of vehicles and are subject to constant use whilst driving, they are subject to high levels of wear. Though constructed of robust rubber, timing belts can fail. The result of such failure can have a significant impact on your vehicle and its engine, damaging valves and pistons, and commonly rendering vehicles immobile. For this reason, it is vital to book your vehicle in for an inspection or timing belt replacement at the first significant signs of failure.
At Auto Service & Tuning Centre, our expert technicians combine sophisticated diagnostic equipment and traditional know-how to effectively detect all issues related to a failing timing belt and are highly experienced in timing belt replacement. We guarantee our use of only high-quality or genuine parts where replacement is required.

Benefits of Timing Belt Service

Replacing your timing belt when required is integral to the function of your vehicle – a significant ‘benefit’ in itself. Outside of this, vehicles with a correctly functioning timing belt often experience;

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Improved acceleration – correctly functioning timing belts allow for the accurate timing of valve openings within the engine, improving functionality and acceleration simultaneously.

Increased fuel efficiency – properly functioning timing belts allow for the correct functioning of valves, resulting in more effective combustion, and dramatically increased fuel efficiency – especially for those previously suffering from the effects of a worn belt.

Reduced repair costs – installing a new, correctly functioning timing belt drastically reduces the chances of timing belt failure – a costly repair job.

Auto Service & Tuning Centres are accredited providers of Bosch standard timing belt replacements. Our highly trained technicians combine their unrivalled knowledge, and confident use of dealership standard diagnostic technology to provide quality service, specialising in German vehicles.

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Auto Service & Tuning Centre are accredited providers of Bosch standard servicing. Our highly trained technicians combine their unrivalled knowledge, and confident use of dealership standard diagnostic technology to provide a complete service, including extensive checks and adjustments, alongside scheduled part replacement using only quality, or manufacturer approved parts.

Timing Belt Replacement FAQs

What is a timing belt?

Timing belts, also known as cambelts, are an essential element of all modern vehicles. They take the form of a reinforced rubber ‘band’ with a set of grooves or teeth on the inner edge. This small, yet significant part links the engine’s crankshaft to the camshaft, allowing for correct air intake and output through the valves, at the correct time. In essence, timing belts ensure the engine’s moving parts function to the correct ‘timing’, as the name suggests.

The timing belt is integral to the functioning of the engine and vehicle, if it fails, the vehicle will be rendered immobile, and significant damage may be caused to the engine. For this reason, it is hugely important to act upon any signs of timing belt failure and have it replaced prior to this.

Bosch auto service are proud to offer a prompt and high-quality timing belt repair service, specialising in German vehicles. If you believe your timing belt is significantly worn, contact our team over the phone, or book your vehicle in for a timing belt replacement online using our simple online booking service.

How often should a timing belt be replaced?

The exact interval at which a timing belt will require replacement is highly dependent on the vehicle/part manufacturer, and on the way in which your vehicle is used. The approximate ‘lifespan’ of your vehicle model’s timing belt under average use may be found in your car’s manual, or, in some cases, on the manufacturer’s website.

With this being said, the average timing belt will last between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Though some timing belts have been known to last longer than this, it is highly recommended to replace your timing belt at the end of its approximate shelf life, in order to avoid unexpected failure and increased costs.

What are the symptoms of a bad timing belt?

Though the symptoms of a failing timing belt vary from vehicle to vehicle, the most common include;

An audible ticking noise - ticking noises originating from the engine are often a sign of a worn timing belt, though, this may also be an indicator of low oil pressure or a lack of lubrication.

Difficulty turning over - difficulty in engine turnover is a common indicator of timing belt failure. Without an intact timing belt, the camshaft and crankshaft cannot operate properly, meaning, in most cases, the engine will not start.

Misfiring - worn of broken timing belts can have a significant impact on engine firing rates. A worn timing bel is more subject to slipping, causing values to open or close ‘out of synch’, and resulting in a misfire.

Oil leaks - Timing belt covers subject to significant wear may become loose, resulting in an oil leak, which can cause further wear or damage to the timing belt itself.

What is the average life of a timing belt?

The average lifespan of a timing belt depends on your vehicle’s manufacturer and the way in which it is maintained. Though for the majority of manufacturers, timing belts are said to last for between 60,000 to 100,000 miles, they may last for a period of time beyond this.

Regardless, it is important to replace your timing belt around the end of its approximate shelf life in order to avoid failure and increased costs.

How much should a new timing belt cost?

Timing belt replacements are commonly coupled with water pump replacements, as both parts are situated in the same area of the vehicle, and tend to reach the end of their functional shelf life at around the same time. Performing a replacement of both parts at the same time can greatly reduce labour costs.

Though the average cost of a cambelt and water pump replacement in the UK is approximately £400, this cost can vary according to the vehicle manufacturer. In addition to this, if your vehicle has been subject to timing belt failure, reparation and repair costs may further add to this cost.

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Service hours.

Mon - Thur: 08:00 - 17:00
Fri: 08:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun: Closed
Closed on bank holidays