Is it correct that the five year cambelt interval has been removed for Skoda models?

According to some Skoda dealers the cambelt does not need to be changed every 5 years now, which has been the original guidance from the manufacturer. Apparently, new guidance as of July 2023, states that the 5-year interval for camblet replacement will be replaced by time/distance intervals as prescribed in ElsaPro. Can you confirm this guidance is correct?

I have bought a 4-year-old Skoda Scala (2020 registration) car with less than 2000 miles and my mileage will still be incredibly low for a 5-year-old car (maybe around 4 to 5 thousand miles by the 5-year mark). In your opinion should I still change the cambelt at the 5-year mark or delay this? if you suggest a delay, how long shall I wait and can you provide the Elsa Pro cambelt change recommendations for my car e.g. time or mileage requirements?

Asked on 15 April 2024 by Mohsin

Answered by David Ross
It is correct that on some Volkswagen Group vehicles the previous guidance in respect of timing belt intervals has been changed to approximately 130,000 miles with no time limit, but we would always recommend checking your specific requirements with a franchised dealer or Skoda UK directly.

Whether to follow this new guidance or not is a matter of personal opinion. Precautionary maintenance is the best kind of maintenance and gives your car the best chance of remaining reliable for years to come.
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