One thing every driver dreads hearing is that their cambelt (also known as a timing belt) has torn or snapped. It can cause a lot of engine damage that can be very expensive, or even impossible, to fix. So, to avoid getting yourself in hot water, it’s important not to put off changing your cambelt when your car needs it.
But how much exactly does a cambelt change cost?
How much is a cambelt change?
A cambelt is a rubber belt with teeth on it that synchronises your car’s crankshaft and camshaft as they rotate.
Most car manufacturers recommend changing your cambelt based on either time or mileage, depending on which comes first. This could vary from 40,000 to 100,000 miles, and between four and six years.
To find out exactly how often you should change your car’s timing belt, make sure to check your vehicle handbook. But don’t worry – a decent garage should also be able to spot when a cambelt change is needed when you bring your car in to be serviced.
|Cost provided item||Average cost+VAT|
|Vauxhall cambelt change||£262|
|Ford cambelt change||£279|
|Renault cambelt change||£290|
|Volkswagen cambelt change||£299|
|MINI cambelt change||£335|
|Toyota cambelt change||£350|
|BMW cambelt change||£373|
Usually, timing belt replacement costs depend on two factors:
- Who’s doing the work
- The make and model of your car
Cambelt replacement cost
If you need to get your cambelt replaced, you could find yourself paying anything between £200 and £1,000, depending on the factors we’ve listed above. However, typical cambelt replacement costs are in the region of £300 to £400.
The most substantial part of your bill will generally be labour costs. Changing a cambelt involves taking apart the engine block and putting it back together again, which can take a number of hours.
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Cambelt and water pump replacement cost
Often, garages will recommend that you change your car’s water pump at the same time as the cambelt. This is because both parts are situated in the same area of the car and often wear out at the same time. Changing them both together can save you from doubling up on labour costs.
The average cost for a cambelt and water pump replacement in the UK is £383.50.
In the same way as a straightforward cambelt change, you can expect costs to vary based on the make and model of your car.
At the lower end, a cambelt and water pump replacement costs around £278.30 on a Ford Fiesta and around £346.30 on a Renault Clio. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, the cambelt and water pump replacement cost on a Volkswagen Passat is around £499, while that figure stands at around £450 on a Ford Mondeo.
Timing belt replacement cost summary
- Check how frequently you should change your cambelt in your vehicle handbook.
- Don’t put off cambelt changes as a broken cambelt can be very expensive (or impossible) to fix.
- Your cambelt change cost will depend on your car make and model.
- Most cambelt replacement costs are between £300 and £400, although they can go up to £1,000.
- Save on future labour costs by replacing your cambelt and water pump at the same time.
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