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    Morning Guys

    Have a couple of quick questions for you all regarding my Vec C 1.9 (Z19 DTH) and the timing belt change intervals on the engine, been flicking through the Haynes for it and they recommend a 40k interval on the belt on high use/short trip engines. I bought this car in Nov 2010 when it was at 33k and it is over 40k now, reckon I should change it or wait? What is the actual interval, Haynes mentions 100k but that is way too high for my liking.

    Also how easy is it to just check the belt, it looks as if I can get away with just pulling the top half of the timing belt cover off to inspect it. Not got jacks/axel stands at the moment to jack it up and do it properly.

    If the belt does need doing I am inclined to try and do it myself, I would rather spend money on tools if need be so that I can do these things myself. At least I know it's done properly then, anybody have experience on doing the belts on these?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions!

    Cheers
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    Is there any kind of warranty on the car?

    The interval is 100K miles / 10 years
    There is no real need to change before this, as the previous issue with collapsed rollers has been resolved (and that is really old)
    However the weak point on this engine is the water pump
    Typically they don't las beyond 100K miles, so reduce the interval to 80K miles / 8 years and include the water pump

    As a 2008 Vectra C just keep following the existing Service Plan

    Inspecting the cambelt is relatively easy
    Usually there is a cover on the offside of the engine, access is easier if the air box is removed however is not necessary if you are just carrying out a visual inspection as you can use a torch once the cover has been removed (or the top loosened, depending on engine)

    On my engine (3.0 V6 CDTI) there is no cambelt cover, it is just a flimsy top cover to prevent hands being placed on it if the engine is running
    The cambelt can be observed with the engine running
    Last edited by m8internet; 13th May 2012 at 12:02.

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