Why does it need changing?
The cambelt drives vital components of your engine such as camshaft, inlet and exhaust valves and water pump. In five years it will typically run the engine through over 200 million cycles. Any component working this hard will eventually show signs of fatigue; a broken cambelt would mean these components would run out of sequence and perhaps cause a catastrophic failure of the engine itself.
SEAT also recommends the replacement of the water pump at the same time. It is situated in the same part of the engine and, in most cases is driven by the cambelt, so it is cheaper to replace at this point since the relevant parts are already stripped. If the cambelt or any other engine part is damaged by failure of the water pump, then the five year warranty does not apply.
How often should a cambelt be changed?
The maximum recommended mileage interval for a cambelt change is stated in your vehicle handbook (varies depending on model, year and engine type.) We recommend your cambelt is changed every five years or recommended mileage, whichever occurs soonest.
What is included when it is changed?
Our cambelt kit change includes stripping the relevant parts of the engine, replacing the cambelt and tensioners, the reassembling of the engine and finally road testing your car. The water pump is driven by the cambelt and involves stripping the same area of the engine as the cambelt. It is not uncommon for a water pump to fail after fitting a newly tensioned cambelt so it is recommended to change it at the same time, saving you additional cost later on.
SEAT trained technicians will carry out the work using specialist equipment and approved parts which is all covered by a unique 5 year warranty with unlimited cover for consequential engine damage should it snap in operation.