The engines in most modern cars are equipped with a rubber toothed belt, the purpose of this is to run the camshaft which in turn opens and closes the exhaust and inlet valves in perfect timing with the piston position. This belt has varying replacement intervals which are manufacturer dependent (usually 60,000 miles or a maximum of 5 years). This is usually replaced as a kit including all tensioners, rollers and pulleys, we also recommend the water pump and antifreeze is replaced at the same time to prevent pump failures and duplicating costs.
The cost of timing belt replacement varies according to the vehicle but will always be a cheaper repair than belt failure. If the belt teeth strip, it jumps or snaps, then it will lose timing between the valves and the pistons causing contact between the two, resulting in damage, usually bending valves. This repair is usually economically viable provided the car is not too old.
Please contact one of our service advisers on 01256 819 601 for a quotation