Buying a car is a big budget for most people, nevertheless, to this one you will have to add the routine service of your motor vehicle, and for some routine service works the bill can be quite high. It is therefore obvious to ask yourself when is the right time to accomplish these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. On this page we are going to explain to you when to replace the timing belt on your Bmw 1 series? For that, to begin with, we are going to find out why it is important to achieve this act of routine service, then, when to do the timing belt of your Bmw 1 series , then, we are going to quickly demonstrate to you how this replace is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Bmw 1 series.


Why do we need to replace the timing belt of an Bmw 1 series?

As we explained to you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Bmw 1 series represents a very important budget, so we understand that you are hesitant to do it and to allow you to understand the benefit of this fix, so we will quickly explain why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Bmw 1 series’s timing belt function

The timing of a Bmw 1 series has a vital function in the smooth running of your engine. Indeed, it will have the mission to synchronize the valves and pistons, and to make the link between the camshaft, the water pump, the crankshaft and the injection pump . It will enable the engine unit to work properly, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your vehicle travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine unit.

What are the risks if the timing belt is not changed on time?

The issue with the timing of a Bmw 1 series is that it is internal to the engine unit. And consequently, in contrast to an accessory belt, it is unachievable to visually verify its state. So you might believe that this belt is just an unimportant part, but the risks you take if you don’t replace it in time are enormous. If the timing of your Bmw 1 series breaks, you will most definitely have to replace the engine of this one. Indeed, the pistons will hit the valves and injure them, and the camshaft will as well break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more serious the consequences are. It is therefore crucial to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Bmw 1 series?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to make the timing belt of a Bmw 1 series? It is necessary to know that each engine unit is different and as we described above, we must not miss on the replacement of this part. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Bmw 1 series will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, check out your Bmw 1 series’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can achieve before you do the timing . Generally, timing belts have a life of 5 to 10 years and a maximum mileage between 80, 000 and 200, 000km .

How to replace the timing belt of an Bmw 1 series?

As the timing belt of a Bmw 1 series represents a high budget, one can logically wonder if it is not possible to replace it oneself. Regrettably it is very difficult to access and just the most knowledgeable amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will be able to reflect on this procedure, we will even so quickly summarize the different steps to be accomplished to change this timing belt:

  • Place the Bmw 1 series on stands, and depending on your engine unit you may have to remove a wheel. Remove the timing gearboxes
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  • To get this done, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine unit components remain in the right position, otherwise your engine unit will break. Remove the other components that bother you (damper pulley for example).
  • Remove the old distribution after loosening the tension rollers. Before positioning the new one, you must take out all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
  • Place the new water pump.
  • Install the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
  • Install the new distribution of your Bmw 1 series by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt as outlined by the manufacturer’s data.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Verify that the engine unit is running properly.

Replacing the timing belt how much does it cost?

And finally, we’ll try to give you an idea of the price if you want to change the timing belt of your Bmw 1 series . Be aware that if you do it at the garage area of the brand or at a motor vehicle center like Feu Vert the price can vary quite a lot, but in general we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , depending on the place where you do it and your engine unit. Please be aware that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

If you want more guides on the Bmw 1 series, go to our Bmw 1 series category.