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    Default Dilemma - Change timing belt or not??

    My car is a 2006 56 1.9CDTi 150 and VX suggest belt is to be changed at 100k or 10 years whichever is sooner.

    Now, on all my previous cars it has allways been stated it should be changed at 60k or 6 years so this is a fair difference.

    I did have the car booked in today for the belt changing but the mechanic couldn't shift the bottom pully for the life of him. He did say that the belt had no cracks and didn't appear worn so it may be something that can wait.

    The car is 5 years old in August and has currently covered 77k.

    What do you guys reckon?? Has anyone taken their belt to the 100k mark and then changed it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by damers2000 View Post
    I did have the car booked in today for the belt changing but the mechanic couldn't shift the bottom pully for the life of him
    Was This A VX Garage ?

    Its Aryt Him Saying That It Looks Ok

    But If It Goes..Your Up That Proverbial Creek
    Last edited by Tam80; 29th January 2011 at 16:41.

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    Whenever a mechanic or tradesman is struggling to remove a component, they always resort to "I don't think it needs to be changed anyway...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Whenever a mechanic or tradesman is struggling to remove a component, they always resort to "I don't think it needs to be changed anyway...."
    Yeah It Looks Fine lol

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    We;ve had plenty in at work that have hit the 100k mark when getting changed, so its not an issue. Personally though I always opt on the side of caution and will be gettin mines changed at 9 years or 90k just to be on the safe side. Incidentally its actually relativelt rare for the belt to snap, nine times out of 10 its down to a roller seizing up which then strips the belt.

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    it wasn't VX, it was a mechanic who I've used for the past 15 years.

    I think that I'm stressing over nothing and at 5 years old in Aug and with 77k on the clock there's more life in it yet. Like you say Dave, 90k would be more sensible than 77k

    I'll save my money for the DMF! lol

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    On my previous Vectra B the cambelt interval was 80K miles
    VX revised this to 40K miles, due to premature roller failures
    It had its first at 80K miles and its second at 120K miles when the water pump failed

    On my current Vectra C the cambelt interval is 100K miles
    I had it replaced at 90K miles

    So long as it is replaced BEFORE the specified interval there is no issue
    If the cambelt also drives a water pump, then have that replaced too

    Given the car is doing about 15K miles, this time next year it will have about 90K miles, and I would do the cambelt along with that service
    Also, make sure it is a complete cambelt kit, and not just the cambelt
    Ask for the removed parts back

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    i've seen them go at 60k when the waterpump seizes how could he not get pulley off there's only 4 bolts to remove .

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    They do get seized on and round easy if the correct tool isnt used.

    Beinga Fiat engine they have 'Ribe' heads.

    I snapped a bluepoint one and ended up buying a set of impact rib sockets.

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    My car has 108k on the clock, has two receipts in the book for the belt being changed, however I got it done again for piece of mind! I do it with every car I get, not worth the risk!


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