The timing belt, also known as a cambelt, is responsible for synchronising the engine’s functions. Having the cambelt replaced on your Mitsubishi at the recommended intervals is essential for ensuring your vehicle remains in good condition. If the timing belt fails, it can lead to engine failure and can be extremely expensive to repair.
You should book in for a cambelt change on your Mitsubishi every 7 years or 90,000 kms depending on what comes first.
How the Timing Belt Works
The timing belt controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft as well as opening and closing the many valves in the engine in order to allow air and gas in and out, which causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. An engine requires precision, meaning the valves have to open and close at the right time for each cylinder and be in the correct position as well as the pistons.
When the belt breaks, the valves open at the wrong time and hit the larger pistons, causing damage. A simple way of explaining how important a cambelt is would be to imagine that you are riding a push bike. If the chain breaks or comes off, the bike stops. That’s exactly what happens when a cambelt snaps, only it’s a lot easier to fix a bike chain.
Cost of Replacing a Timing Belt
The cost lies not in the price of the belt, but the impact on the engine when the belt breaks. When the valves hit the pistons out of sequence, it results in bending the valves resulting in catastrophic engine damage which can cost thousands to repair. While the cost of having your timing belt replaced isn’t the cheapest, it’s a lot cheaper than having to replace your engine due to a failure.
The average cambelt replacement cost on a Mitsubishi starts at $600 depending on the model, and can increase to about $1500 if removal of other engine components is required to gain access to the timing belt. These prices do not include the replacement of the water pump which usually is recommended too. We advise you contact us and ask for a cost estimate for cambelt change based on your registration number. At Simon Lucas North Shore, we use 100 per cent genuine Mitsubishi parts, provide a 24-month warranty and offer generous discounts for timing belt replacements.
Book a Service at Simon Lucas North Shore Today
Simon Lucas North Shore has the widest selection of Mitsubishi vehicles available on Auckland’s North Shore. We are one of New Zealand’s largest and most awarded Diamond Mitsubishi Motor Dealerships, stocking both new and used cars. Our expansive service centre cares for all Mitsubishi models as well as other makes and models. Our experienced mechanics specialised in Mitsubishi vehicle repair and servicing are among the best in the country.
Call us today to book a service, a repair or even a test drive on 0800 001 107 or contact us online. Alternatively, you can walk into our Mitsubishi dealership at the corner of Wairau and Target Roads in Glenfield to make a service booking and even test drive a new Mitsubishi at your own leisure.