“If there’s one thing you don’t want to happen to your vehicle, it is the cambelt failing..."
Cambelt failure is pretty serious stuff. If your cambelt isn’t changed at the specified interval or neglected, it could fail. Over a period of time and mileage, the rubber cambelt deteriorates and, if neglected, can suddenly snap, leading to expensive major repairs to your engine-or even a new engine.
Typically, VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda engines have their cambelts replaced every 4-5 years or 60,000-80,000 miles (whichever soonest) depending on the engine type and model year. Your service book will tell you when the cambelt should be changed on your vehicle.
At Vasstech we replace cambelt kits rather than the cambelt on its own, this means the tensioners and rollers that the cambelt sits on are changed at the same time, ensuring your cambelt continues to run as it should.
It is best practice to change the water pump whilst changing the cambelt on your car. Water pumps may fail or leak and as there are no extra labour costs when replacing a cambelt kit, replacing the water pump at the same time makes good economical sense.
The cost of a cambelt replacement may not be as expensive as you think, and it is certainly a lot cheaper than the repairs if the cambelt should fail.