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    Default Should I pay for new cam and time belt to be fitted while engine in bits?

    Hi,
    I've got a 3.0 V6 diesel and its gone in for the SCV fault, AA warranty has decided to send the whole fuel pump away for reconditioning.

    Part of the taking out of the fuel pump requires removing all the belts (cam and timing I think). Now the engine has done 61k with full service history, I know the belts aren't due to be changed until 100k, but I'm wondering if its worth changing the belts now, while the engine is in pieces.

    Dealers would only charge me the cost of the parts, as the labour is already covered by the warranty claim, or should I forget it and put the original parts back on and worry about it on a couple of years when I'll prolly be closer to 100k?

    Anyone know the cost(s) of a new cam and timing belt, or is it just one belt on these engines?

    Originally engineer was going to push to see if AA would cover the costs as they have to be removed, but they won't, he's also tried to get the garage to cover the cost, but they're arguing (fairly enough I suppose) that there's 40k left in them so won't pay for the replacement. Is it OK to put belts back on that have covered 61k?

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    I'd NEVER refit a used belt, its just asking for trouble, put a new one on it matey 100k is excessive for a timing belt interval, I wouldn't leave one for longer than 60-70k. Just think of it as 100 quid for a belt kit or 1000 quid if the old one breaks.
    Ok so I underestimated how much a timing belt kit is, theyre actually £215.76 from euro car parts online shop.
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    They've had to take the cambelt off
    The garage should have recommended replacing it anyway
    Effectively it is cheap, as all you need to pay for is the cambelt kit, saves you up to 4 hours labour
    Equally, if it is more than 1000 miles / 3 months old, replace it

    Mine was replaced at 90K miles and the SCV fault appeared shortly after that (hint, hint, that was what caused the SCV fault to appear)

    Make sure the garage understand what has to be done when a cambelt is replaced on the Y30DT
    Removel and fitting it takes just 1 hour, however the engine then needs to have the valve clearances rechecked, and that was what caused the SCV to fail in mine
    The VX Area Technician pointed this out to the mechanic that did the job, details are on TIS apparently (what mechanic is going to look at TIS for what should effectively be a simple cambelt change)

    Now that my car is out of warranty it is having its cambelt change at roughly 60K mile intervals (every third service)

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    Cambelt should never be refitted. Always use a new one, Garage should do this for free.
    I had a water pump go a long while back on a Vectra B costing £3000 to repair the engine. VX went and reused the cambelt which then went 3 weeks later costing VX another £3000.
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    If they even suggest refitting the old one I would be very worried about the quality of their work.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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