When should you change the timing belt on a car?

When would you recommend replacing the timing belt on a car?

Asked on 19 August 2021 by david curle

Answered by Dan Powell
As a general rule, I'd say five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). The pulley, tensioner and (in most cases) water pump will also need to be changed.

Most cam belt failures we hear about occur when the car is over five years and/or 60,000 miles.
Similar questions
My SEAT Ateca has done 70,000 miles and is four and a half years old, when should the cam belt be changed?
My Volkswagen Tiguan, owned from new, is almost five years old but has only covered 26,500 miles. Volkswagen say the cam belt should be replaced at five years or 100,000 miles but cannot tell me why the...
I bought an old motorhome last August and the dealer did quite a bit of work on it prior to collection. He paid for a service and cam belt change at his usual local garage. However, the cam belt tensioner...
 

Value my car

Save £75 on Warranty using code HJ75

with MotorEasy

Get a warranty quote

Save 12% on GAP Insurance

Use HJ21 to save on an ALA policy

See offer