The cambelt, also known as the timing belt is perhaps one of the most important components of a van. The belt maintains the synchronicity of the crankshaft and the camshaft, ensuring that the rotation of both these critical components is accurately timed. This results in the opening and closing of the engine valve at a specific time interval, which is essential for the smooth running of the vehicle.

How can you tell if the timing belt is broken?

Well, firstly an engine running with a broken timing belt will cause a clicking sound when the van is running. Secondly, the engine will start to misfire and there may also be signs of oil leakage in front of the motor. The engine may not turn over and there could be starting problems.

Of course, the timing belt is subject to wear and tear and needs to be changed after the van has clocked 50,000 to 80,000 miles on the road. This isn’t necessarily a figure set in stone and different vehicles have different recommendations from their manufacturers.

The costs of fixing a broken cambelt

A broken timing belt is bad news and can set you back by a pretty penny when it comes to repairing or replacing the belt. For example, a broken cambelt for a Citroen Berlingo 1.6 could go up to £550 after taking into consideration the cost of the parts and labour. However, if the pistons, water pump or the valves have been damaged, then the costs could be substantially higher.

Selling a van with a broken cambelt

If the van is past its best, it may be sensible to sell the vehicle off, rather than shoulder the expensive cost of repairs. Many van owners may be looking to sell off their vehicle but could be unsure whether anyone will buy it with a broken timing belt. In this situation, selling your van to a mechanic or getting it scrapped could be the only option. The van is considered to be unusable without repairs being carried out.

Get in touch with We Buy Broken Vans when you’ve had a cambelt failure

Luckily, We Buy Broken Vans can help. You can view our free online valuation tool on the internet, and enter the registration number of your van to receive a quote. The next step is to call us on (0121) 285 9859/0770 069 069 and discuss your situation with a member of our team. We are able to collect your van from any location in the UK and can probably give you a better price than a scrap dealer or a mechanic. Give us a call today.

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