Buying a car is a big budget for the majority of us, however, to this one you will have to add the maintenance of your motor vehicle, and for some maintenance acts the bill can be quite high. It is therefore obvious to ask yourself when is the right time to execute these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. In this article we are going to show you to you when to change the timing belt on your Citroen C3 Aircross? For that, to begin with, we are going to find out why it is essential to do this work of maintenance, then, when to do the timing belt of your Citroen C3 Aircross , then, we are going to fairly quickly describe to you how this replace is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Citroen C3 Aircross.


Why do we need to change the timing belt of an Citroen C3 Aircross?

As we informed you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Citroen C3 Aircross represents a very important budget, so we figure out that you are reluctant to do it and to allow you to figure out the importance of this fix, so we will fairly quickly show you why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Citroen C3 Aircross’s timing belt action

The timing of a Citroen C3 Aircross has an essential role in the smooth running of your engine. In fact, 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 to work effectively, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your car travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine.

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

The issue with the timing of a Citroen C3 Aircross is that it is internal to the engine. And consequently, in contrast to an accessory belt, it is difficult to visually verify its condition. So you might think that this belt is just an unimportant part, but the risks you take if you don’t change it in time are substantial. If the timing of your Citroen C3 Aircross breaks, you will undoubtedly have to change the engine of this one. In fact, the pistons will hit the valves and destroy them, and the camshaft will also break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more severe the consequences are. It is consequently crucial to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Citroen C3 Aircross?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to produce the timing belt of a Citroen C3 Aircross? It is necessary to know that each engine unit is different and as we explained 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 Citroen C3 Aircross will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, look at your Citroen C3 Aircross’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can accomplish before you do the timing . On average, timing belts have a life of 5 to 10 years and a maximum mileage between 80, 000 and 200, 000km .

How to change the timing belt of an Citroen C3 Aircross?

As the timing belt of a Citroen C3 Aircross represents a high budget, one can logically wonder if it is not possible to change it oneself. Sadly it is very tricky to access and just the most skilled amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will have the ability to reflect on this operation, we will however fairly quickly illustrate the different steps to be executed to change this timing belt:

  • Place the Citroen C3 Aircross on stands, and depending on your engine you might have to remove a wheel. Take out the timing gearboxes
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  • To get this done, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine components remain in the right position, otherwise your engine will break. Take out the other elements that bother you (damper pulley for example).
  • Take out 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.
  • Mount the new water pump.
  • Install the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
  • Install the new distribution of your Citroen C3 Aircross by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt as outlined by the manufacturer’s info.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Verify that the engine unit is running effectively.

Changing 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 Citroen C3 Aircross . Be aware that if you do it at the garage of the brand or at a motor vehicle center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but generally 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. Please note that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

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