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    Rite seems i need to change my timing belt on my 2005 1.8 vec (Z18XE) as my six year interval is up. Iam not that clued up on these things as this is only my second car.

    So do i get just the belt or the timing belt kit?

    i will also be changing the water pump as i read its best to do it with the belt. I will usually have a go at anything but am i best geting this done by a mechanic? whats a good price to get these two items fitted as i will source the parts?

    Anything else i should be doing/know about at this time of belt change?

    Thanks for your help in advance

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    Engine : 6.0 V12

    Year : 1954

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    Get the kit mate, the tensioners are prone to failing apparently, TBH dont know how though, when I did mine the old tensioner was all metal and had a large baring and was stamped "made in Japan" on it, the new one was made of plastic, had a small baring and had "made in france" on it. Who'd you rather trust?
    Anyway whats the mileage? I never changed the water pump on mine as it had only done 44k, it will get replaced next time, if I still have the car. I did mine with the help of my mate who is a mechanic, wasn't too difficult although you do need a tool to lock the camshafts together. I wouldn't have attempted it on my own though. You can pick up a kit off ebay for around £55 delivered or its about £95 from the dealers. Think its about a 2 hour job at the dealers but an independent should do it in an hour, so your looking at about £60 without the water pump change. There is a how2 for it as well.

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    Don't now your mileage, but i would change the water pump for the sake of £25. Get the belt kit from vx as you will be covered it it failes.
    You can do it without locking the cams, just make sure all the marks are aligned.

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    Thanks for your answers

    Mileage is less than 35k. Ill get the kit and i think ill get the pump as well considering its only £25 as it would be just my luck that if i didnt replace it, it would fail and balls me engine rite up. I was gonna use euro car parts as there offering 30% off till tues on service parts will ther parts be ok you think?

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    A 2005 at 35K miles

    Personally I would go for the kit on this service, and then water pump at next one (70K miles)

    As previous, always use the kit
    Only use the cambelt itself if some other repairs was necessary, resulting in the cambelt having to be removed
    As example, I had the cambelt done on my previous Vectra B at 80K miles (as per schedule) but it had to come off again at 90K miles, for that just a new cambelt was fitted

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