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    Had my cam belt & water pump replaced last week at 62,500 miles on an 04 1.8 LS. Total cost was around £250, £150 for labour & £100 for parts, which i sourced myself from http://www.vauxhallworldparts.com/index.php . Work was done by a company called Newport Imports in Aylesford, just outside Maidstone, Kent. Couldnt be happier with the work, i know the guys & would trust them 100% as the work they usually do is on big yank tanks. Their website is http://www.newport-imports.com/home.asp .

    Anyway, when i collected the car the mechanic said that the old belt had 'slipped' by 1 tooth on each cam (advanced) & asked if the belt had been replaced before. As i've owned the car from approx 16,500 miles & being 14 months old when i bought it, i shouldn't think it had been replaced. He replaced the belt with the timing marks in the correct places & the car feels no different really.

    My question is, what would cause the belt to slip? I have heard others say that they have had a similar experience. Or could it just be that it has been like that since it was built?

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    IMO its probably not slipped with it being one tooth out on each cam, its probably always been like that
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I would agree, unlikely that it has slipped. More likely that the camshafts moved when they removed the belt. I wouldn't worry about it. Did they do the cam belt kit (inc tensioner, rollers) or just the belt

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    I raised a thread on poor starting and this seems fit as well. Timing may be the cause of our poor starting. We are waiting on what stealer says,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    I would agree, unlikely that it has slipped. More likely that the camshafts moved when they removed the belt. I wouldn't worry about it. Did they do the cam belt kit (inc tensioner, rollers) or just the belt
    it was out before they took the belt off, they lined the mark up on the crankshaft & noticed that the timing marks on the cam sprockets were misaligned by 1 tooth each.

    as this suggests that it was out from the factory, just goes to demonstrate quality of workmanship. i wonder what other surprises are in store for me!

    oh, they did the belt, tensioners & rollers, plus the water pump. got a Gates kit from Vauxhall World Parts for £56 & a Febi Bilstein water pump for £35, plus delivery of £7.
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    Mine was half a tooth out when they removed it on my 3.0 V6 diesel. This was simply wear in the tensioner and stretching of the belt after 90K miles but wasn't having any noticeable effect on the engine. Set up properly with the new one with no issues...

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