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You get a lot for your money at Holdcroft Renault – of course the belt, tensioners, pulleys, using Renault tooling and Renault trained technicians for the whole job which takes up to 4 hours. At Holdcroft Renault we offer great value for money, peace of mind and reassurance for reliability and resale value of your Renault car, RenaultSport or Renault van.
The cambelt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft rotate in time with each other: if they don’t the result could be a massive engine failure – costing £000s to repair. Renault recommends that when changing the cambelt you change roller pulleys, tensioner and the water pump. The water pump is located behind the cambelt so Renault recommend replacing the water pump at the same time as the cambelt – to save you paying for all the parts and labour costs again should the water pump leak and need replacement at a later stage.
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The cambelt is made of a rubber-based polymer reinforced with fibreglass and nylon, with integral teeth on the inner edge and have different profiles depending on the engine and application. Belts are used because they are quiet, reliable and maintenance-free
Your cambelt is subject to wear, just like any other moving part. When your Renault was manufactured it had a genuine Renault cambelt installed which are long lasting and often do not show obvious visual signs of wear.
However, like tyres, cambelts do wear gradually in normal use. When a belt and its teeth wear its loses its ability to grip or function properly and can slip, which puts a strain on other engine components causing them to malfunction and eventually fail. The timing of a replacement cambelt is scheduled by mileage and age – because just like tyres the rubber used in the cambelt ages over time regardless of use. Just give Holdcroft Renault a call to check your cambelt replacement interval.
The cambelt is part of system, which like your engine operates at high speed. The cambelt kit includes the auxiliary belt (which drives the alternator to charge the battery) and pulleys, tensioners and rollers. These elements all work together, and if any of them fail could cause permanent engine damage - for example if the auxiliary belt was not replaced and it later failed its debris often becomes tangled in the cambelt causing cambelt failure and engine damage. Therefore Renault and Dacia recommend to always change the complete cambelt kit to prevent a more expensive future repair.
Timing belts can also fail prematurely because of one of the following reasons, which may require early replacement:
Ultimately, if a timing belt snaps when the engine is running, major damage can be caused to engine valves and pistons - damage that can be very expensive to put right, and may result in mechanical write off of a vehicle. If you do get away without major engine damage, timing belt failure will still leave you stranded and requiring breakdown recovery. The best way to prevent this is to replace the cambelt at the recommended intervals, using genuine Renault parts and trained Renault technicians your local Renault dealer. Our Renault trained technicians at Holdcroft Renault will always replace the belt and the associated components at the same time to ensure engine reliability and saving you money in the long run - providing you peace of mind about your Renaults future reliability.
The cambelt also drives the engine water pump which pumps coolant on its cycle around the hollow jacket around engine and out to the radiator and back around the engine. The purpose of the water pump and coolant it pumps is to cool the engine in normal running. The water pump is a vital piece of the engine if it failed of were to leak your engine may overheat causing engine damage. The water pump is located behind the cambelt close to the engine and is only accessible by removing the cambelt. However because cambelts cannot be refitted once removed, if a water pump has to be replaced so does the cambelt. Therefore to avoid more costly repairs we strongly recommend replacing the water pump with the cambelt.
There is often very little evidence of a cambelt concern until it’s too late. Any abnormal engine noise could be an indication and must always be investigate as priority. Sticking to the manufacture guidelines is the best policy
Cambelts are different for each engine and model. Your Renault dealer is best placed to advise you on when and how much this will cost.
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