Cambelt Replacement

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  1. joggerman

    joggerman Read Only Funster

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    I have read so many discussions on when to replace cambelts, with varying advice, I decided to get it from the horse's mouth.

    Having had excellent service from Fiat UK's Customer Care department on a couple of issues, I asked them for their recommended interval for timing/cambelt replacement for my 2004 2.3L JTD and got the following from them -

    "According to the Fiat service booklet recommendation regarding service intervals on a 2.3L JTD Motorhome are:
    Replace timing belt and various control belts every 240,000 km or every 60 months which comes first."


    So that settles one of life's great mysteries !
     
  2. hilldweller

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    You think so. Not on this forum I bet.
     
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  3. olley

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    That's around 150,000 miles, way more than normal, maybe they are using special belts, or maybe its just wrong? For what it would cost to repair a knackered engine I would replace it a lot sooner.

    Ian
     
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    l normally go on, 70,000 miles or 5 years.

    Craig
     
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    Thought horses had reins and not cambelts! Neigh that can't be true

    Norman
     
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    you may be able to get 250,000 Km out of a timing belt if it is running constantly.
    but as stopping and starting an engine puts great stress on the belt therefore shortening its life.
    this is why vehicles that do multiple relatively short distances repeatedly tend to suffer from earlier belt failure than the ones that are started in a morning and run non stop all day every day.
     
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    Five years or 60,000 miles is the safest, whichever comes first and dont stretch it the time or miles because if it breaks it will be bloody expensive!

    Peter
     
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    see that's my horses mouth. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    I think manufacturers seem to push the envelope on belt changing, the truth is they will not pay for your damaged engine.......if they do you will have a long anddrawn out argument.

    My advice as a motor enginneer would be the same as Peter 60k miles or 5 years, the alternative is not cheap, we had one let go on an Escort van this year at only 25,000 miles, the garage that does all our servicing on light vehicles stood the cost as we always service and maintain them, they didn't have too but I guess I spend enough with them and also recomend them to others.

    All the best Rick
     
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    Thanks for the replies...

    I never worried about the mileage figure, as I have no chance of ever hitting the recommended figure in a motorhome.
    It was more the time interval, which the general consensus seems to be five years, which ties in with the official Fiat advice.

    :Smile:
     
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    Mines done 35k and is 15 years old.--Ducato 2.5 tdi
    Just got it about 2 months ago and i cannot see any details of a belt change in the history.
    Has it been done and someone has kept the receipt or has it NOT been done :Eeek:
    Oh what to do ---it`s not that i`m tight--just carefull but -- i`m not a gambler either ! :cry:
     
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    If it belonged to me I would get it changed, rather than risk the alternative of an blown engine, as you could be sure as hell it would not be in a convenient time or place.(s#ds law)
     
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    Oh yes you are !

    with no belt history can you be sure it wont fail due to age.

    belt and pulley change = around £250/£300

    a full top end rebuild = around £1500..more if the pistons and con-rods need replacing


    your choice :Doh:
     
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    Geo has done mine at 4 years old and 27000 miles. The belt did show signs of slight cracking near the "teeth". :thumb:
     
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    Whoaaaaa!!!

    Dave Newell gave me a bollocking when I mentioned mine....Got the job done straight away !! And It's not because he want's the business...He doesn't do cam belt changes !!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    As my MH is in for a new turbocharger after starting to become noisy on the journey home from Spain I thought it prudent to ask them to also do the cambelt. Spoke to them on friday and it also needs a new downpipe.Now awaiting a big repair bill on a 30.000 mile vehicle. The way my luck is going the cambelt would definately have gone.
     
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    I make a reasonable living fitting cam belt and pulley kits
    Id make a much better one if you'd only wait till they snapped:RollEyes:
    I recommend 50 years or 10,000,000 miles:Wink:
    Geo
     
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    I replaced my cambelt and tensioner last saturday my motorhome has only coverer 17000mls but it's 13 years old, The kit cost £157 did it on my drive took about 3 hours in all the belt looked ok but i dont know if it had been changed before i got it, better be safe than sorry.
     
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