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    Hi all,
    Just a quick but big ask. I keep getting let down by a friend of a friend so I am asking the good people on here for help.

    I have rad, stat, water pump and timing belt to fit and don't know where to start but really need to get job done - can anybody give me any advice or does someone fancy helping me do the job who has more experience in working on the Vecs.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    I can give you a hand with doing the timing belt change etc, its not to hard to do on the 1.8 so between us it will only take a few hours taking it easy.

    If you want to change the water radiator you will find it hard to do without also disconnecting the aircon rad, are you planning to change that as well?

    By 'stat' are you referring to the thermostat? Not done one yet but have one to do so we can practise on my wifes car first while she is away visiting her sister .

    If you can get to me this Sunday I can help you with it, I have all the tools and gazebo thing to put up over the car in case it rains as usual.

    Lets be clear on what parts you have first..

    1 x new timing belt
    1 x new Auxillary belt (also known as the alternator belt)
    1 x new timing belt tensioner
    2 x new pulleys
    1 x new waterpump
    1 x thermostat (I have the gasket paste)
    1 x water radiator

    If you want us to change the water radiator as well you will need some GM coolant, always best to buy the 5 litre job and keep some spare. If we change/remove the aircon rad this will get messy, you would be best having that emptied professionally beforehand as that stuff is nasty for the environment and i am not keen on having glowing green snot running down my driveway like ET has just had the squits.. Vauxhall only charged me £39 to refill the aircon system in case your curious..

    Let me know, but not last minute . To do all that will take us the best part of a day but its easily do'able and will save you a small fortune at the dealers or some tyre kicking garage..

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    Nige, thanks for getting in touch.

    ET with the squits - thanks for the image!!
    I believe I have everything except for the Aux belt. Cant do car for a few weeks yet as its going to be in use every weekend for 3 or 4 weeks. Will def give you a week or so notice to see if you can assist.

    The stat - thermostat - looks very straight forward, 3 bolts and its off, I have complete stat with housing so there's no mucking about. GM coolant - got it, about 7 litres, had a leak issue so had it on tap!!

    Will get mate to drain a/c system and refill it when we are done.

    Most importantly - what is your fee for helping. Havent been on forum that long to know so please dont think its a stupid question.

    Cheers

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    Oops - forgot to say water rad being changed a/c rad keeping existing. Couldn't afford £250 + vat trade for a/c rad!!

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    No fee bud and a weeks notice is good. We will get your car sorted.

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    Cheers Nige. Yeah it will be at least a weeks notice mate.

    Dumb question - what area do you reside?

    Tony

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    Bottom of the M3, will pm the addy when we set a time and date.

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    Cool, not too far then.

    Cheers again Nige, really appreciated.

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    Not heard a peep from you bud, do you still want this doing or is too late and the engine is now fubar from a snapped belt or seized pump?

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    We are going to knocking these jobs out this Saturday 8th Dec. If any SC members are about feel free to stop by for a chat or whatever.. Its going to be a nice dry sunny day.

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