Buying a car is a big budget for many of us, nevertheless, to this one you will have to add the maintenance of your car, and for some maintenance acts the bill can be quite high. It is therefore obvious to ask yourself when is the most fortunate time to perform these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. In this article we are going to explain to you when to change the timing belt on your Renault Trafic? For that, to begin with, we are going to find out why it is necessary to do this process of maintenance, then, when to do the timing belt of your Renault Trafic , then, we are going to fairly quickly demonstrate to you how this change is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Renault Trafic.


Why do we need to change the timing belt of an Renault Trafic?

As we informed you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Renault Trafic represents an enormous budget, so we discover that you are reluctant to do it and to allow you to discover the value of this fix, so we will fairly quickly explain why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Renault Trafic’s timing belt objective

The timing of a Renault Trafic has an essential 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 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 unit.

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

The issue with the timing of a Renault Trafic is that it is internal to the engine unit. And therefore, in contrast to an accessory belt, it is impossible to visually verify its state. So you might believe that this belt is just an insignificant component, but the risks you take if you don’t change it in time are substantial. If the timing of your Renault Trafic breaks, you will undoubtedly have to change the engine of this one. Indeed, the pistons will hit the valves and injure them, and the camshaft will also break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more serious the outcomes are. It is consequently primordial to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Renault Trafic?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to make the timing belt of a Renault Trafic? It is required to know that each engine unit is different and as we described above, we must not miss on the replacement of this component. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Renault Trafic will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, look at your Renault Trafic’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 Renault Trafic?

As the timing belt of a Renault Trafic represents a high budget, one can rationally question if it is not possible to change it on your own. Sadly it is very tricky to access and just the most skilled amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will be able to consider this procedure, we will however fairly quickly describe the different steps to be performed to replace this timing belt:

  • Place the Renault Trafic on stands, and depending on your engine unit you may 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 unit elements remain in the right position, in any other case your engine unit 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 remove 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 Renault Trafic by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt as indicated by the manufacturer’s specifics.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Check 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 replace the timing belt of your Renault Trafic . Be aware that if you do it at the garage of the brand or at a car center like Feu Vert the price can vary 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. Take note that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

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