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Hi everyone

Does any one know when I should be changing this - I've done 78,000 miles and I really can't afford to get it done yet. Car is otherwise going well.

Would appreciate some advice

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Do you know if its ever been done before ?

Cambelts should be changed at intervals 5 years or every 72k miles, whichever comes soonest.

I'd say your's is well overdue. Trust me it may cost £300-400 (approx) to get it changed, but its a lot cheaper than getting the valves changed (plus the cost of a new belt etc) if the cambelt snaps.

Probably wise to get the water pump changed at the same time too, as if this seizes after you have had the belt changed, your looked at bent valves again and the same money all over again (and a bit of top for the water pump).
 

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Many thanks for this advice Dave. As usual I can always rely on proper advice from this forum. I don't have any evidence of the cam belt being changed so I guess I am just going to have to bite the bullet and pay for it somehow. My only worry is that I should be spending this on a change to a newer car....

Thanks again

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You say you should be spending the cambelt money on a newer car. The thing is, if your car is running good (apart from the need for a cambelt change), then why risk buying another, newer car that may have lots of hidden (from you at the time of buying) problems.

You may end up spending 4K for instance on a newer car and have a less reliable car with more problems. :(
 

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Yes you have a point - and I really like my car ( apart from the difficulty of putting anything into the boot unless it's thin and long - forget collecting large items from an auction etc -) if I could afford another car I'd have a van!

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The simple answer is your changeover should have been FOUR YEARS ago or when you acheive the mileage window.
So have you not done well. Your God must be looking after you. BUT perhaps, writing to this forum, indicates you are now concerned.
I've previously had a cambelt fail, the engine was wrecked, car had to be replaced.
Now this week, my 04 plate 1.6 Expression VVT has been re-cambelted plus the rest of the recommended bits replaced at the same time.
Dephasser pulley not renewed though.
Originally I was going to do it myself, purchased the special tools. But decided to engage a recommeded
engineer to do the work. Well pleased with the work.
Project:-
Study, available service advice in Haynes, specialist sheets/data from Gates,Continental. Auto data.
Search INTERNET for best tools, parts and buy them. Some bought one afternoon, arrived before 10.00 AM the following morning. Other parts bought locally. Naturally checked Renault prices.
Then compared the prices for doing the job by 'indies' engineers, garages & Renault.
Finally I chose Laser tools, Continental belts/kit &
an aftermarket water pump.
A ContiTech technical expert also gave me some important advice. Their service data sheets are very detailed. Though I think Gates provides a
CD with their kits.
Postscript:-
Removed parts >>>>
Anxillary belt showed hundreds of small cracks - this belt is open to the elements.
Cambelt looked pristine -unit is encased on the car.
Water pump indicated faults had started.
Please contact this writer for any additional observations etc.
PS. I use Continental tyres and have been happy with their performance.
SamWoe.
 

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To Dave and everyone who gave me advice on my cam belt a big thank you - I got it done yesterday at my reliable village garage and it cost me £250 plus VAT which as you say has got to be worth it - I had a few other things done for its service and MOT but it's now OK for another couple of years hopefully!

Thanks to you all again on this great website

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To Dave and everyone who gave me advice on my cam belt a big thank you - I got it done yesterday at my reliable village garage and it cost me £250 plus VAT which as you say has got to be worth it - I had a few other things done for its service and MOT but it's now OK for another couple of years hopefully!

Thanks to you all again on this great website

Viv
Great stuff Viv. You cant beat piece of mind eh ! Thanks for the update. :)
 
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