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2007/06/14 21:22:27 (permalink)
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Timing belt advice

The timing belt on my car has developed a slight tear to the outer edge
how much is a replacment fitted(on avg)the car is a saab 900
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    Homercles
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:26:04 (permalink)
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    Not sure as I've always done it myself, but expect to pay for a couple of hours labour + parts.

    And get it done quicly, if that belt breaks you could be looking at a new engine.
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:27:58 (permalink)
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    had mine done a while back (pug 406) £250 was the best price i had,had some twice that and one company wanted a grand lol

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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:41:04 (permalink)
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    a grand lol!

    must be a vee-12 you got mate.
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:49:10 (permalink)
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    sht i have a long drive tomo too,i was going to drive down steady and then head to a garage hmmmm

    cheers guys
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:50:51 (permalink)
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    Cam belt for my elise was £500 from a specialist, £800 for my track car Clio 172, Around £2/300 for our Beetle.

    Make sure you get the tensioners, aux belts, and water pump changed aswel - piss easy job when the belts off.

    Cambelt kits range from £30-150 dep on what car you have - its the labour that costs the money. Generally its the space in the engine bay that determines the length of time to complete. My clio's bay was so tight they had to jack the engine almost out and remove the front valance/bumpers etc. The v6's engine is actually removed and worked on a bench costing over £1k.

    Oh and do it ASAP!
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 21:58:26 (permalink)
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    Brill advice cheers mate
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 22:22:11 (permalink)
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    Next time you buy a car buddy buy one with a timing chain, you don't have to change them, my Passat has got a chain instead of a belt and according to the dealer they don't need changing.
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 22:23:35 (permalink)
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    yeah ill deffo bear that in mind
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 22:24:55 (permalink)
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    Although timing in chains in general don't need changing they can go slack and end up rattling like hell!!!
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 23:06:46 (permalink)
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    Unfortunately they have to take the engine apart to do it mate, so its always farily pricey.
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 23:41:40 (permalink)
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    don't drive your car if your timing belt is torn, are you sure its not your fan belt cos timing belts are usualy cover by a gaurd so your cant realy see them! If your timing belt breaks your inlet and out let valve will get a very personal introduction to ur pistons! and that my friend is very costly!!!!
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/14 23:54:44 (permalink)
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    as you look at the car its the belt to the left at the engine side and its pretty wide,over an inch,and it overlaps several cogs
    The tear itself it at the innder edge and its 2mm and just effects one part not the whole circumfrance
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 00:01:03 (permalink)
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    As above - do it now. My advice - change the timing belt twice as often as suggested.

    On that note - change the oil twice as often too, even if it means using cheaper stuff (PS - this doesn't count for performance engines.)
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 00:06:48 (permalink)
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    Cheers mate
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 00:08:08 (permalink)
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    sounds like timing belt to me, honestly mate change it now!!! If your machanicaly minded you can d it yourself its not as big a job as the garages tend to make out, its just costly if you mess it up!! lol, If your going to have a go, let us know and i'll give you some tips
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 00:10:31 (permalink)
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    Sound cheers guys
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 06:14:13 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Paul Marsland

    Although timing in chains in general don't need changing they can go slack and end up rattling like hell!!!



    Not on the new motors buddy, I've done nearly 70,000 in my Passat and there's no noise even when it's started from cold. These new motors with timing chains are oiled with a fully synthetic oil, your thinking about the old Ladas which used to rattle like a can beans filled with stones, the new timing chains aren't like that buddy.
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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 09:34:15 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Ash The Man

    Next time you buy a car buddy buy one with a timing chain, you don't have to change them, my Passat has got a chain instead of a belt and according to the dealer they don't need changing.



    My VX220 had a timing chain. It just needs checking on a service to make sure that the oil is lubing the chain as it should. Some work maybe needed on them above 100,000 miles.

    However I know about 2 x VX220 owners who have had timing chain failure under 100,000 miles. All due to lack of lube.



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    RE: Timing belt advice 2007/06/15 11:03:14 (permalink)
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    my old saxo I could do in 2hrs and I tensioned it with a socket and bar. My golf requires special tool which cost a fortune.

    IMO unless you know what you are doing exactly then I wouldnt touch it.

    Also DONT DRIVE your car until its done, I would be tempted to get it towed to the garage to avoid driving it at all.

    I have seen the damage a belt can do, bent valves, the engine required a top end rebuild, luckly I did it and it only cost £100 and 4weekend of my time, a garage would charge you probably £500- 1K for a top end rebuild.

    Paul
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