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    Does anybody know.....

    I am at 39k on my Vectra Auto 1.9CDTI (150) SRI

    Does the timing belt need changed at 40k ?

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    Service book says 100k but Vauxhall recommend it at 80k

    If you can afford it I would do it at 60k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockweiler View Post
    Does anybody know.....

    I am at 39k on my Vectra Auto 1.9CDTI (150) SRI

    Does the timing belt need changed at 40k ?
    I did mine (along with water pump and idlers) at 60k. There are a few tales on the forums of failure before 80k, never mind 100k.

    It's all a guidance only, the stresses the belt is under on one car will be very different from another depending on what kind of driving is done. I would have thought that a car used for mainly stop-start journeys will put more stress and wear on the belt over a given number of miles than one used for mainly longer distance, steady speed driving.

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    The belt on my motor was done just before i bought it at 80k, there was no receipt or mention of water pump... so at 125k i changed the lot for my own piece of mind.

    IMO if you want piece of mind do the lot at 60k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockweiler View Post
    Does anybody know.....

    I am at 39k on my Vectra Auto 1.9CDTI (150) SRI

    Does the timing belt need changed at 40k ?
    No, as said the recommended change is now 80 but was 100k, ive done lots of these & never come across a belt in bad condition, its the water pump the fails first in most cases, i would be happy to go the 100k with the belt if the water pump would go the distance, ive said this a few times before but some get the wrong end of the stick thinking i would change the pump & reuse the belt! (der!), IF the pump was reliable the belt would be ok in my experiance, & saying that my own has the worst type of use, lots & lots of cold starts & short journeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete B View Post
    I did mine (along with water pump and idlers) at 60k. There are a few tales on the forums of failure before 80k, never mind 100k.

    It's all a guidance only, the stresses the belt is under on one car will be very different from another depending on what kind of driving is done. I would have thought that a car used for mainly stop-start journeys will put more stress and wear on the belt over a given number of miles than one used for mainly longer distance, steady speed driving.
    Sorry for sounding thick, but what are idlers?

    I thought it was just cam belt and tensioner, and water Pump

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    Vauxhall dropped the interval down to 80k. But I see another party has said otherwise, follow their advice and if the belt snaps will they pay? 60k is the aboslute max I recommend and if you doubt it will get to that, have it checked. Remember if that belt lets go, it's goodbye engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_sri150 View Post
    Sorry for sounding thick, but what are idlers?

    I thought it was just cam belt and tensioner, and water Pump
    Just an extra fixed position plain surfaced wheel that the outer face of the belt runs against. Just helps with the overall positioning and tensioning of the belts run, it doesn't actually drive anything but can seize or break up with age, having the same effect as the tensioner or water pump seizing. IIRC, it's fitted on the long run between the cam and crank pulleys and keeps the belt on that part of the run very taught. It is supplied as part of the full cambelt kit.
    Last edited by Pete B; 29th May 2011 at 10:29. Reason: To add an extra point

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    On 90% of the snapped cambelt engines I have seen/worked on its never down to just the cambelt snapping.

    Its normally the water pump or one of the tensions that fail and cause the belt to fail.

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    That's right lee!, its a shame vx dont use a better supply of water pump & other associated parts, if you buy a belt kit from euro parts the tensioner & idle roller are stamped with the same brand name & part No, you also get a gates belt just the same, as i do lots of cam-belts/water pumps/head gaskets etc etc i never come across bad belts only damaged ones as said by lee from other failing parts.

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