Should Cambelts be Replaced?

Cambelts, Timing Chains, Timing Belts and Drive Belts are all different names for a component of your engine that does basically the same job. The belt or chain synchronises the crankshaft’s rotation with the camshafts and engine valves, allowing them to open and close at the correct times during the air intake and exhaust stroke. A timing belt is usually a toothed belt, and a timing chain is normally a roller chain. Chains are normally more durable than belts, but are also more expensive.

Changing your timing chain or belt is not as simple as it sounds. Depending on the engine, it might require the technician to strip the front part of the engine down to allow access, remove and check the water pump, pulley and various seals, change the timing belt or chain and fit the associated kit, set adjust and test the timing and then put it all back together again. A good technician might also recommend replacing the water pump, pulley and seals at this time depending on the age and mileage of your vehicle, as the likelihood of these failing due to normal wear increases at higher times in service and mileage. Even if your vehicle hasn’t driven many kilometres, it’s important to follow the recommended service schedule because timing belts and chains can deteriorate and stretch with time.

The time taken for this kind of service can be as much as 8 hours, depending on where the belt or chain is located and what items need to be removed in order to access it. There may also be a need for some special service tools to ensure the timing is set correctly and that the time to complete the repair is not overly long. Your Ford dealer will have been supplied these special service tools developed specifically for an engine family, and will also be familiar with the recommended work shop repair procedure in order to carry out this repair effectively.

For your specific vehicle, please refer to the Service Price Calculator in order to see an estimate of your next service cost. Your Customer Assistance Warranty and Service Guide booklet, found in the glove compartment of your vehicle, will also give you an indication of what work your Ford dealership will perform at your next scheduled service.

If you think your vehicle’s cambelt, timing belt, timing chain or drive belt needs changing, you should visit your local Ford Dealership for confirmation.