Also known as the timing belt, is a rubber belt with teeth on it which synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft which regulates the engine. When it breaks, it can be costly and do much damage to the engine.
Cambelts wear out, can crack and tear or snap; with older cars, this will mean they will not be worth repairing; therefore, they must be inspected. Manufacturers give a recommended time or mileage-based change, and there is much variation, from 50,000 miles up to 100,000 miles, or from 4 years to 6 years. Any Manufacturer’s interval is the absolute maximum!
Replacing a Cambelt will take several hours’ work; it involves taking apart the engine block replacing the part which may include the water pump, feel free to ask for an honest quotation for what to expect for your make and model of care.