Cambelt

When Should I Change My Cam Belt?

I have put together a table of what mileage cam belts should be change. This is only a guide and you should check with your dealer for exact replacement mileage. The first mileage is the recommend manufacture replacement and the second mileage is what I would recommend from experience of seeing belts break.

MAKE
MANUFACTURE
REPLACEMENT
 YEARS 
 RECOMMENDED 
REPLACEMENT
ALFA ROMEO
72,000
5
36,000
BMW
56,000
4
56,000
CITROEN
PEUGEOT
SMALL PETROL/DIESEL 72,000
10
50,000
LARGER DIESELS 100.000
10
80.000
FIAT
72,000
5
60,000
FORD
OLDER FORDS 70,000
4
40,000
LATER FORDS 100.000
10
80.000
RENAULT
72,000
5
60,000
VAUXHALL
80,000
8
60,000
VW
CHECK OR REPLACE 60,000
8
60,000

Noise from Cam Belt Area

If you here any noises from the cam belt area don’t drive the car, below are pictures of a tensioner and a water pump where the bearing has failed, these both caused engine damage the same as if the belt had broken. If you can hear a slapping noise the belt is loose and hitting the cover and needs adjusting or replacement.

failed cam belt tensioner
Water pump bearing failed

Cam Belt Kit

Most cars require a kit not just the belt, this will include belt, pulleys and tensioner, see picture.

Cam belt tensioner

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