Camshafts are critical engine components. They regulate the flow of fuel and gases into and out of the engine chamber.

High quality camshafts for sale in South Africa

Masterparts supplies replacement camshafts suitable for all vehicle makes and models. In addition, we stock performance grinds from 272 duration to 324 duration.

Duration is an indication of the time it takes for a valve to open and close. It’s measured in degrees of crankshaft rotation.

What is a camshaft?

A camshaft is a steel or iron shaft with elliptical-shaped projections, known as cam lobes, placed at intervals along its length.

When the camshaft rotates, the lobes depress and release the aligned valves, thereby controlling the intake of the air-fuel mixture and the emission of exhaust gases.

The camshaft is connected to the crankshaft via a timing belt. This synchronises the stroke of the pistons with the opening and closing of the valves.

Performance camshafts are loosely divided into these categories: Road, Mild Road, Fast Road, Road/Rally, Rally/Race and Race.

Camshaft vs. billet

A billet is the unmachined steel or iron shaft, used in the manufacture of the finished machined camshaft. On occasion, a camshaft is erroneously referred to as a billet.

Signs of a faulty or damaged camshaft

A damaged or faulty camshaft can cause extensive damage to the engine.

Symptoms include misfiring cylinders, increased exhaust emissions and tapping or ticking noises emanating from the cylinder head.

If there are metal fragments in the engine oil, obvious signs of wear or the “check engine” light goes on and stays on, a worn camshaft could also be the problem.

How to replace a camshaft

Replacing a camshaft is a technically complex and labour-intensive job, best left to an experienced automotive technician. For an overview of what’s involved, try this general guide on how to install a camshaft, along with some guidelines from a mechanic.

Ajusa camshafts

Based in Spain, Ajusa has been manufacturing OE-quality camshafts for European and Asian vehicle makes and models since 1972.

The company has distribution facilities in the United States and Mexico, and is ISO 9001 and ISO/TS certified.

OPC camshafts

OPC specialises in the manufacture of quality engine components, such as camshafts, crankshafts, con-rods, cylinder heads, and con-rod and cylinder head bolts.

Where to get camshafts from Masterparts

Camshafts in and around Cape Town:

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Masterparts sells best quality aftermarket parts and components, including camshafts, for all popular vehicle makes and models. Contact us to discuss your automotive parts requirements and we’ll be happy to assist.


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