What Damage Can Be Done To My Engine If My Timing / Cam Belt Breaks Or Becomes Detached?

As with any uncontrolled, violent reaction, the damage arising from a timing / cam belt failure can vary. This also depends on your make & model’s engine design.

It Depends On Engine Design

Most UK car engines use a design called an interference engine. Without getting too technical, these types of engine have valves that extend more into the cylinder space than in non-interference designs. This provides greater power and fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, if the timing / cam belt breaks in an interference engine, damage can be quite extensive. This includes bent and/or broken valves and piston damage.

For help and advice if you think your timing / cam belt has broken or to book a timing / cam belt service simply call 01538 304 306 or contact us.


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