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Hey all, newbie here,

Ive found myself in the ownership (actually my partners new business van) a 52 plate 1.9 kangoo (non turbo) its got a a bit of squeaking at idle, and runs pretty rough too.

Its done 81000, but the last service stamp is at 60000!

Its obviously in need of service!

does this squeaking sound like a timing belt on its way out, and would this cause the rough idle?

Im fairly mechanically minded but ive never owned an oil burner before and my usual drive is a swiss watch like 4.6 range rover so im a bit wary of sticking my oar in without being clued up first!
How easy is the timing belt cdhange on one of these things? is it a driveway job, or something i should take to renault, and if so, what sort of £££ am i looking at?

Sorry for the long post, its gonna be a steep learning curve, but its gotta be done, other than the above proibs, its a great lil van!

thanks in advance for any help offered!

Pete
 

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Hi there Pete, and welcome.

I can only answer a couple of your queries (I don't own a Kangoo), but I'm sure someone who does will be along quite soon to pick up where I leave off.

A squeaking sound may be something as simple as a drive belt (read fan belt, in old money) which needs adjustment or replacement - or it could be a water pump which is on its way out. Naturally, the belt is the easiest (and cheapest) to check out of the pair.

A service may not necessarily have been missed out (the book might not have been stamped), but you can never have too many services (in my opinion) and at least you will know for sure, when it was last carried out.

As far as the rough running is concerned - it may just be normal for the vehicle - as you say, its the first diesel you've experienced (they are rougher than petrols, especially V8's;) ), and vans don't have so much in the way of sound insulation - it may be nothing at all - whoever carries out the service can investigate further if you feel it warrants it.

I don't know about the timing belt complexity (or not), I don't think its a Renault-only job though - many independents would be able to handle it, I'm sure. It would be a good idea to combine this work with the water pump change (if it turns out to be on its way out).

All the best, and look forward to hearing more from you in due course.

Paul:)
 

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Thanks for that, it is definatly running rough, although i havent lived with a diesel i have driven alot of em, its almost ready to cut out, like its not getting enough air!

agree with never too many services, (range rover get new oil every 4000!)

I had though maybe the book had simply missed a stamp, but i think ill have someone service it anyway, its either a couple of hundred on preventitive maintainance or a grand on corrections if all goes wrong!

Thanks for your input velsatisfied, dont see many of those about do you? always liked em myself!
 

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Hi Pete, you may have answered your own query - the air filter may be well overdue a change.

No, there were only around 1400 ever sold in the UK, a good car (mine is the best car I've ever owned - excellent all-rounder).

Some members have had some real problems, but mainly its because the dealers can't cope with such a specialised vehicle.

Its a good approach "penny worth of prevention = a pound of cure", a philosophy which is often overlooked these days.

Paul:)
 
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