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Hi guys - another question about my wifes Clio we have just bought.

The car is a 2001 on a Y plate (April 01) and so is just over 6 years old, however it has only done 29000 miles with full Renault S/H

I have spoken to the servicing dealer who confirmed that the cam belt has not been done yet.

I know the mileage is low however given the age of the car should this still be done now?

The servicing dealer want £445 to replace it (ouch!)
 

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I have just got a quote from my local garage of £242 + Vat for fitting the cambelt kit incl tensioners etc...

They also told me that they prefer to also change the Camshaft gear and the crakshaft gear as they have had these fail. this would cost another £100 :(

Are they swinging the lead?
 

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change the cambelt kit (tensioners ect) and the water pump to be on the safe side. 72k or 5 years is the recommended interval. ive never known cam or crank pulleys fail and i work at the local main dealers
 

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is there any way of changing the cam belt ourselves, my other half and his friend have been fixing cars for years now, and always service their own etc, anyone got any advice on how to do it ourselves.

i only bought the car today and have spent pretty much every penny buying and insuring it so cant afford the couple of 100 that the gaurages are asking for!?!?!

PLEASE HELP!!
 

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is there any way of changing the cam belt ourselves, my other half and his friend have been fixing cars for years now, and always service their own etc, anyone got any advice on how to do it ourselves.

i only bought the car today and have spent pretty much every penny buying and insuring it so cant afford the couple of 100 that the gaurages are asking for!?!?!

PLEASE HELP!!
Hi, if your guys are confident mechanics these can be done yourselves.
I'm an amateur and have just replaced the head gasket which includes taking all the belts off that side of the engine.
There are a couple of vids (look for blown head gasket in this section) showing gasket replacement which are well worth looking at, along with a manual.
What I would advise is making sure you get the correct replacements, as I was messed about by motor factors who's parts references were vague. Renault also have a habit of using parts manufactured by different companies so "standard" parts aren't. I've had to supply engine model(D4F) as their refs said mine was a D7F 8v, type(712) specific engine casing type, measurements and even pics to complete the job. HTH chris
 
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