November 17, 2016

If you are wondering what the difference is between a cambelt and a timing belt, the team at Nicholls Auto is here to help!

So what’s the difference between a cambelt and a timing belt?

Essentially Cambelts and timing belts are the same thing, so there is no difference! They come in different sizes and shapes according to the vehicle they were made for and the design that was needed to suit your car.

A cambelt or timing belt is normally found at the end of the engine against the radiator or on the interior of the inner wing. As with most parts of your car, you will need to have your mechanic check the cambelt from time to time for wear and tear. You should read your owner’s manual to learn the estimated time for replacing your timing belt – typically it is recommended that you have the cambelt replaced at 100,000kms, or ever five years; whichever comes round first.

Cambelts or timing belts are manufactured using nylon and butyl which are the same materials used in the manufacturing of your tyres. The belt has teeth on the interior that will fit into slot on your vehicle to hold the belt in place. If your timing belt is too loose, it can fall off and it if it is too tight, will add pressure, which can cause the belt to break. Your Cambelt is the connection point between the crankshaft and camshaft, maintaining a constant, timed motion when the engine is on. This allows your car to not just run smoothly, but to run altogether!

If your vehicle is approaching the 100,000km mark or it’s been a while since the cambelt/timing belt was checked – bring it in for the team at Nicholls Auto to inspect. Our friendly and helpful staff can answer any questions you may have. Call us today to book in a time, or even just a quick chat over the phone can help!