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    I've just had my cambelt changed at a local garage, I was quoted a price of £200 for full kit and fitting. However I've just been informed after ringing for a progress report that they only fitted the belt and not the kit as the other parts 'looked' in good working order. Now I'm a bit worried they might fail on me anytime. Should I be worried by this? It's an 04 1.9 CDTi with high motorway miles at 127,000.

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    Thats why they sell them as a kit it's all to be replaced i would get back on to them and tell them to do the job they are being payed for !!!!!!!

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    definatly need the tensioners and rollers changed other wise they will squeal like hell no matter how good they looked eyes can be decieving when my belt snapped it was because of a dodgey tensioner

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    They didn't do what you asked. Always change the lot!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Is that 127k on the original stuff? If so I would have defintely changed the tensioner and rollers (and possibly water pump) at the same time. The tensioner and rollers come with the belt in a kit so its not that much more, and fitting isn't a big job.

    In every other cambelt change I've had done on various cars the garages have always recommended changing the tensioner/rollers etc at the same time - some have even insisted as they didn't want to be held liable for a stuck tensioner wrecking the engine after they'd put a new belt on!

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    funny that,i had a vec c in this morning,someone done a belt on it,no rollers or nowt,just the belt,and now im left doing the head as the rollers decided to lock solid and snap the damn belt.it might look good but mate,you carnt see the bearings,you can only catch the pieces after..

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    just a thorght,but the tensinors on the c's are tight to get of.a t40 trorx bit rounds of in them.there a right pain,i bet thats why they left it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd View Post
    I've just had my cambelt changed at a local garage, I was quoted a price of £200 for full kit and fitting. However I've just been informed after ringing for a progress report that they only fitted the belt and not the kit as the other parts 'looked' in good working order. Now I'm a bit worried they might fail on me anytime. Should I be worried by this? It's an 04 1.9 CDTi with high motorway miles at 127,000.

    On reading, I think I would have requested the complete tensioner kit too if only for peace of mind. Was this the first cam belt replacement for the car, seems a high milage, I assume its been changed before.. yes?

    Reason I ask, is my VX dealer recently told me when my 2006 cdti 150 had its 20k service I would have to have a replacement cam belt at my next official service 40k. They said VX had reduced the recommended replacement milage from 80k down to 40k miles. So I am expecting my next service bill to be more expensive because of the belt replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    On reading, I think I would have requested the complete tensioner kit too if only for peace of mind. Was this the first cam belt replacement for the car, seems a high milage, I assume its been changed before.. yes?

    Reason I ask, is my VX dealer recently told me when my 2006 cdti 150 had its 20k service I would have to have a replacement cam belt at my next official service 40k. They said VX had reduced the recommended replacement milage from 80k down to 40k miles. So I am expecting my next service bill to be more expensive because of the belt replacement.
    You'got me twitchy . .
    My 2004/54 Signum 150CDTi is just coming up to 47k.

    Should I be looking at preventative action now, i.e. swallow the cost of a new belt/rollers, etc,
    OR wait a while longer [the car doesn't get a lot of welly, just average local/occasional motorway useage] ??
    OR wait for the inevitable crash, bang, crunch and let Warranty Direct [Luxury Care cover] pick up the tab (they 'owe' me for their refusal to cover the full cost of a failed f/n/s coil-spring [i.e. change both springs as Vx recommend, plus the consequential ruin of a 600 mile-old tyre] ???? Or am I taking the mickey on this last option??

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    Id go ballistic with them, on my old 1.8 sxi, i had the cambelt, tensioners, and rollers, and water pump all done at the same time.

    Total cost was about £200ish and that was at 58k.

    No way would i leave it with just the belt having been changed.

    GerryJ54: VX dont recommend belt chain till 80,000 on the diesels. But as with my cdti 150, ill have it done at 60,000 or slightly less.

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