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    Forgot to mention that when I was picking up the car tonight we got into a discussion about timing belts.

    The mechanic showed me a data sheet/handout (from Vauxhall) they have stuck on the wall that quotes various long intervals for changing the timing belts (typically between 60k and 80k miles over the vaux range). The caveat on the bottom says that vaux recommend changing the belt every 40k miles for their 24 valve engines (even though I think it is officially something like 80k).

    48k at the moment, guess what I’m doing next week

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    too right.. it's a must in between 35 - 45K in my opinion...

    and don't just stop at the belt, change the rollers and tensioners as well...

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    well mine has just rolled into 35,000th mile, so how much am i looking at for the belt, rollers and tensioners?

    anybody with a 3.0 diesel done this already?

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    Stand by for a spanking H, as VX don't even list it in trade club..so it's gonna be dear....

    You'll prob find thou, that most folks follow the original guidelines and won't have put a belt on thier cars yet..me?.. i'm just over cautious, but a belt kit is cheaper than a new engine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    Stand by for a spanking H, as VX don't even list it in trade club..so it's gonna be dear....
    oh goodie(!)

    if i actually do it then i'll want it done before the irmy trip....so i better get ringing around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    too right.. it's a must in between 35 - 45K in my opinion...

    and don't just stop at the belt, change the rollers and tensioners as well...
    I was planning to get the whole lot done Mark, I used to do that with the vec B which had the same weakness points (you would think things would improve).

    It’s pretty cr@p that vaux publish one set of figure but fire out some small print to cover their @ss.

    Out of interest is the water pump still driven of the timing belt on the 3.2, if it is any ideas what mileage I can expect from the pump.
    Last edited by Swatty; 2nd February 2007 at 10:51.

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    the pump is driven off the auxilary serpentine belt... for the amount of aggro a leaking one can cause, i actually change them at the same time as the belt as the amount of stripping to do a pump is the same as doing a belt... so while you're there it'd make good sense...

    the pumps normally fail by leaking from the bearing gland seals.. there is quite a belt wrap on them in one direction of pull, so it tends to pull the shaft over quite hard..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    the pump is driven off the auxilary serpentine belt... for the amount of aggro a leaking one can cause, i actually change them at the same time as the belt as the amount of stripping to do a pump is the same as doing a belt... so while you're there it'd make good sense...

    the pumps normally fail by leaking from the bearing gland seals.. there is quite a belt wrap on them in one direction of pull, so it tends to pull the shaft over quite hard..
    Thanks Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry View Post
    oh goodie(!)

    if i actually do it then i'll want it done before the irmy trip....so i better get ringing around.
    I'd be really interested if you manage to get costs for this Harry

    Cheers

    Dave

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    3 quotes in and this is how they stack up:

    £289 - Vauxhall Hayes

    £399!!!!! - Vauxhall Harrow

    £270 - Vauxhall Slough

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