The Problem With Wet Timing Belts and Early Failure

Does your vehicle use a Wet Timing Belt?

Why is it important to know what type of timing belt is used in your car?

Wet Belts are a technology used by a wide variety of manufacturers quoting a service life of up to 100,000 miles or 10 years. Sounds Great!

As time passes these quoted service intervals are proving unrealistic with failures coming as low as 60 to 70,000 miles.

This type engine is well known and documented for the degradation of the wet belt, unaddressed this can lead to early belt failure causing extensive and costly engine damage.

Both the timing belt and oil pump drive belt can delaminate depositing debris into the engines sump.

This in turn blocks the oil pick up, preventing lubrication to other parts of the engine causing additional unnecessary damage.

We carry out these repairs using genuine parts and recommended specialised oils to help ensure your wet belt.

These wet belts are used by well known vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall and Volkswagen but this is a far from exhaustive list.

If you're unsure call us today on 01202 528667 and we will confirm what type of timing belt your vehicle uses.

How Can I Tell If My Wet Belt Is Damaged?

Wet Belts aren't prone to breaking , the most likely damage is for the teeth to break free from the main part of the wet belt. As the wet belt is contained within the engine casing there's no visible way examine the teeth on the wet belt.

Things to be aware of:

  • Is your car in limp mode (reduced performance engine management light on)?
  • Has your car become harder to start?
  • Do you get a misfire or the occasional jumping sensation while driving?
  • Rattling and clicking noises from the engine?

If you recognise any of these symptoms and think your wet belt needs attention then please call us today on 01202 528667 as fast action can save catastrophic engine damage.

What Can I Do To Prevent Wet Belt Failure?

Don't skip a service, especially if you do low mileage

Driving low mileage does not mean an oil change is not needed, in fact short trips and stop start driving cause more damage. On short trips of 5 miles or less your engine doesn't reach full temperature and can't fully expel the fuel residue and gases that build up, this can happen in stop start traffic as well. Due to the presence of these contaminants the oil becomes more acidic which speeds up the degradation of the wet belt shortening it's life.

We recommend that you should, at the very least, get a basic service that includes an oil and filter change with a safety inspection once a year at the even if you only do low mileage. We offer MOT plus Servicing packages to help reduce your servicing costs.

Reduce Your Wet Belt Replacement Intervals

Your manufacturer will have set a replacement interval, these intervals are proving to be unrealistic across all manufacturers. We can give you information about the service interval and make a suggestion based on your type of car the type of driving, service history and documented failures and mileages at which they generally occur.

Make sure your service centre uses the correct engine oil

Many of these belts are failing due to the use of the wrong oils during servicing, not only is it important to use the correct viscocity (thickness) but also the specific oil produced for use with wet belts. Always keep your oil topped up with the correct oil.

If you're unsure call us today on 01202 528667 and we will confirm what type of timing belt your vehicle uses.





At The Forge Garage we don't just employ highly profitant technicians we look for master technicians that bring skills to the team from many manufacturers.

This includes Toyota Technicians.

With this in mind we have the skills and technical knowledge needed to ensure your Toyota and Lexus vehicle is in the best condition possible for a long life of trouble free motoring.

Do You Warranty Your Work?

Come sun, rain or snow Toyota repairs at The Forge Garage will get you back on the road with a vehicle ready for all conditions and you have the peace of mind that all our work is covered by warranty for 1 year. 

We stand by all the work we do at The Forge Garage and in the unlikely circumstance that something isn't quite right we will take ownership of the problem and seek to fix it.

Will There Be Any Extras?

Yes, there might be extra work required to complete a repair but we will always do our very best to contact you and advise you on how urgent the extra work is, whether it is required immediately or can be planned in conjunction with a future service or MOT.

We endeavour to never charge for extras without consulting you first.

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Our highly skilled and qualified technicians have the expertise to keep your MINI safe, reliable and on the road as well as giving you the peace of mind that all your MINI servicing and repairs have been carried out to the highest possible standards.

We only use high quality OE MINI parts and we include a 1 year warranty on parts and labour across the whole MINI range.

The technicians here at The Forge Garage use an excellent range of specialist tools and equipment to ensure your MINI gets the attention it deserves in a timely manor helping to reduce labour costs which keeps our prices extremely competitive for MINI repairs and servicing across all models and years.

CALL: 01202 528667 for a friendly chat about your MINI requirements. 

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To keep your much loved German marque running at its best The Forge Garage employs a team of qualified technicians with specific training and experience in the diagnostic testing, service and repair of German vehicles including BMW, Mercedes, AMG and VAG Group vehicles such as Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen (VW).

The combination of well-equipped workshops with knowledgeable technicians allows us to offer a wide range of services from simple servicing to some of the more obscure diagnostic and repairs.

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