What is a timing belt or chain?

The timing belt or “cam belt” is a very much what it sounds like, its a belt or chain used to keep your engine in time or sync with itself, basically making sure the camshafts and crank shaft run in precision with one and other to ensure the operation of your engine.

When should you replace your timing belt or chain?

Every vehicles replacement interval is different, but not to worry because we have the data for 99% of cars used in the United Kingdom. Intervals can vary from every 20,000 miles to every 100,000 miles and they also have a shelf life so if you haven’t covered the miles there will be an annual replacement interval as well, which we can check for you.

This is because they are mainly made from rubber and deteriorate with age, we will always recommend replacing any affiliated jockey wheels, tensioners and runners when replacing the belt.

Timing chains

Timing chains are slightly different as not all dealerships will supply replacement intervals but we feel that regular oil changes help to maintain good oil pressure for the tensioners and clean lubrication for the chain.

Why use us to replace your timing belt or chain?

At unique Car Services we only have highly-trained staff working on your cars, fitting timing belts and chains is a specialist job and if installed incorrectly can cause unnecessary expensive repair bills. Most cars require specialist tools to lock shafts while their belts or chains are replaced.

We are constantly updating our information, software and tools to ensure the job is carried out to the highest standards.


We aim to provide the best possible service to all our customers.
Treat your vehicle with care and respect.
Ensure your vehicle is inspected by a trained and qualified member of staff.
Examine the vehicle and give an honest appraisal of the work required and all findings will be documented.
Provide a quotation including all associated charges before any work commences.
Inform you immediately of any complications or delays.
Ensure all work is Quality Checked by a trained and qualified staff member.
Where possible, show you all work that has been carried out.


  • How often should I service my car

    A motor vehicle should have a service inspection at least once a year or within the mileage specified by your manufacturer

  • How can I find out my tyre size

    Your tyre size is on the side wall of your tyre and it will also be in your user handbook

  • Can I supply my own parts for example tyres ,exhausts ,brakes and suspension components

    We prefer not to fit customers own parts due to not being able to warrant the integrity of the parts supplied

  • What happens if my car fails its MOT

    If a vehicle fails its MOT, it does not meet legal requirements and must be repaired to comply with MOT test standards. The MOT refusal will detail notes on the failures as well as advisory items that are suggested for attention but not yet outside of the requirements to pass the test. The retest time is 10 working days

  • What does my service include

    Both our interim service and full service includes essential checks, fluid level top ups and an oil and oil filter replacement. In addition, our full service includes the additional service parts for your engine be it a petrol or diesel engine

  • How can I tell if my exhaust is damaged or faulty

    One of the key parts of an exhaust is the silencer. This represses the sound produced by the engine through the exhaust. If the exhaust becomes corroded or there is a hole in the silencer the sounds are no longer muffled and the exhaust will become very noisy. This could also cause carbon monoxide to leak up into the vehicle which can be very dangerous.

  • How do I know if my brakes need attention

    If you have a brake warning light or symbol illuminated you should book in to be diagnosed asap. Other signs include a grinding noise when you apply your brakes which may indicate that the pads are excessively worn. If the car pulls to the left or the right, it probably means your brakes need some attention . also if you have a spongy brake pedal or a continuous pulsing, this may indicate a brake fluid leak.

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