Skip to main content

Posted:13 November 2018 | Category: Audi,General,Vehicle Maintenance

How Often Should a Cambelt Be Changed on Audi A3

Book a service Find out more

Do you have an Audi A3 and are wondering how often you should be changing your cambelt? Maybe you aren’t entirely sure that the cambelt is and that is why you don’t know when it needs changing. Well, we are going to talk about the cambelt, what it is, when it needs changing and why you need to do this.

What Is the Cambelt?

Also known as a timing belt or timing chain, a cambelt is one of the most crucial parts of the engine makeup. Its main job is to keep the camshaft and crank timed as it should be. What this means is that the job of the cambelt is to keep the top half and the bottom half in sync. The belt needs to be placed properly to ensure that it can do its job effectively. Due to this, it is an essential item and one that you need to keep an eye on.

How Often Does It Need Changing?

When you use your car, your cambelt will stretch and eventually break if it is not changed. It is recommended that you change your cambelt every 40,000-60,000 miles. Alternatively, your handbook should tell you the suggested mileage from the manufacturer that you should change your cambelt. If you don’t know how to do this, you can take it to a garage or an Audi dealership, and they should be able to help you with this. Also, if you are unsure about whether or not it is time to replace your cambelt, take it to one of these places, and they will be able to tell you whether or not it is time for a change.

Why Does It Need Changing?

If you aren’t changing your cambelt and are using your car frequently, you will find that it will break. Also, if you don’t change your cambelt, you will find that it will cost you a lot of money in engine repairs. This is not something that you are going to want and to save yourself from spending this small fortune, make sure that you are changing your cambelt in the suggested time frame.

Over time your cambelt is going to stretch, and this can cause the engines timing to be delayed. One of the things that you might notice if this is the case is a lack of power. If you notice this, it could be time to change your cambelt. Or, you might find that it is slower than usual to start up and this is another sign that you should be thinking about changing your cambelt.

We hope that after reading this article, you feel more informed about when you should change your cambelt on your Audi A3. As well as this, hopefully, you feel as though you understand why you need to do this and what could happen if you don’t. You need to remember that this is an important part of your engine and not keeping it properly maintained, it could end up costing you a small fortune. Contact us today to find out more or use our online booking form to arrange a servce for your car.

Audi A3