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    Hi there

    Does anyone know when i should have my timing belt changed on a 2003 Vectra c 1.8 16v engine?

    And what about the auxiliary drive belt also??

    Second question:-

    Can anyone make a how 2 manual on how to do this job and would it be advisable to do the job myself with the guide or just get it done at the garage?

    Thanks

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    Timing belt on the 1.8 change is every 40,000 miles.

    The Haynes manual covers the job - it's not that difficult to do yourself, but most garages should do it for under £300 including parts I think.

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I have the Haynes manual and found the job. I have no record of when the timing belt or auxiliary belt were changed. Is there any way to check if it needs replaced as the car is now on 57000.

    is there any other how 2s from people who have undertaken this job?

    Thanks guys keep replying

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    1.8 timing belt is 60k or 6 years. There is a how2 for this. Not too difficult but you do need the tool to lock the camshafts.
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    hey thanks

    the how to manual is very good. I just removed the top cover to see see what the condition the timing belt was in and it actual looks relatively good with a good bit of teeth still on it. I might actually have been changed at 40000 after all however that's the first timing belt i have seen.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank988 View Post
    with a good bit of teeth still on it.
    It should have ALL the teeth on the belt. If there are any teeth missing you need to change it ASAP. I changed mine at 6 years and 45K. Was in perfect condition but its not worth taking any risk with belts. You can pick up a Genuine VX belt kit on Ebay for the z18xe for about £50-55 delivered, they are around £95-100 for main dealers.
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    Do the water pump as well while your at it.......

    Just recently had our 55 reg Facelift done @ 47+k miles & for what it cost...decided to have the Micro V drive belt done at the same time while work was being done at that end of the engine.)

    (Early as 6years or 60k miles advised in Service book)

    Timing Belt Kit... (Gates)
    Water pump...
    & Micro V Drive belt....(Gates)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank988 View Post
    hey thanks

    the how to manual is very good. I just removed the top cover to see see what the condition the timing belt was in and it actual looks relatively good with a good bit of teeth still on it. I might actually have been changed at 40000 after all however that's the first timing belt i have seen.

    thanks
    So what are you comparing it to? If in doubt get it and the water pump changed or its new engine time.

    Looking at a belt whilst its still on isn't a good way to tell if its any good.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    just had ours done, belt, rollers tensioners, water pump, aux belt, £220 all in, at 75k, no record of it being done by previous owners, so got it changed within a day of owning it lol)

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