For all VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT drivers in Guildford, Woking and the surrounding area, choose VAS Motion for your next cambelt change. From VW Golf cambelt changes, to Audi A3 cambelt changes, our specialist technicians are on hand to help
Your cambelt, or timing belt, is incredibly important. It drives major parts of the engine and keeps everything working in harmony. Quite simply, it is one of the hardest working parts in your engine. And, because it is a rubber belt, it needs changing to prevent cracks, tears or snapping. If your cambelt breaks, your car is unlikely to drive at all.
Therefore, booking a cambelt change at the appropriate intervals helps minimise the risk of major engine damage. If it were to break it could cause serious damage to your engine resulting in a hefty bill or, in worst case scenarios, a new engine.
It is recommended that you book a cambelt change every 60,000 miles or 4 years (whichever comes first), if your car was registered before September 2009, and every 5 years or 80,000 miles (whichever comes sooner) if your car was registered after September 2009. This applies to most VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda (VAG group) models – but we are always happy to answer your questions if you are unsure. Just give us a call.
We always recommend replacing the water pump at the same time as a cambelt replacement, a recommendation we will explain below.
The cambelt drives the water pump, so having them both changed at the same time ensures that the system works efficiently. Three common water pump failures include:
If the water pump seizes, the cambelt would stop suddenly and break. If the water pump leaks or the impeller breaks, you will need to book a cambelt change immediately. In effect, you have to pay the same labour cost again to replace the water pump. As it is located in the same place as the cambelt it gives you confidence and makes financial sense to replace them both at the same time – saving labour costs in the long run.
In fact, a cambelt change can be quite costly depending on the age of your vehicle! That’s a replacement cost that you don’t want to have to pay twice, so always book your water pump replacement alongside a timing belt change.
The latest generation VAG group vehicle water pumps have an electric solenoid. These water pumps require a special bleeding procedure and distilled water must be used. Here at VAS Motion, we’re VAG specialists, so we have all the specialist equipment and knowledge to carry out this repair correctly.
If you’re looking for a high-quality garage for your VAG group car, book an appointment with VAS Motion today. We are open from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, or you can book online at any time. We have high-quality cambelts in stock and, with over 25 years’ experience working on Volkswagens, Skodas, SEATs and Audis, we’re the perfect choice for such drivers in the Guildford, Woking and Surrey area.