Does the cam belt need changing?

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  1. solitaire woman

    solitaire woman Read Only Funster

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    Have just purchased my first motorhome, a hymer 544k, first registered in Jan 02 with 23,300 miles. Dont know the first thing about cam belts, but have read a few posts where it seems to be the main topic of conversation! Would you think the cam belt should be replaced on my motorhome, or will there be a few more years/miles before it is necessary?
    Anything else I should be thinking of changing/checking on a vehicle of this age?
    Thanks in advance for any helpful info!
     
  2. moandick

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    New thread label

    Hi Solitaire woman

    I always have the same problem - trying to find where the "New Thread Label" is - but I have an excuse, in as much as I'm old and worn out and my memory is almost non-existent so Jim and Brian look after me a little bit. :thumb::thumb:

    How to do it.........

    1: go to the Homepage and click on the "Forums" tab

    2: select your forum (in your case, I would suggest "Base Chassis Section" or "Tech/Mech General" and click on that tab

    3: At the top left of the page you should see the label "new thread"


    What I don't know how to do is tell you how to transfer your thread to that forum, sorry. :Doh::Doh::Doh:
     
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    cambelt replacement

    has your vehicle got any service history, if so check to see what maintenance work has been carried out, it may cost you £200 to have the belt replacement but you will have piece of mind, when a belt breaks it virtually wrecks the engine,:cry: the replacement cost for a new engine will be a fortune.:Sad:
    the hymer has only done a small mileage but like all parts the timing belt may have perished over the years.
    hope this helps.:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for that! Have had a play around, so will know for next time!
     
  5. irish rover

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    cam belt

    hey how are ya,your cam belt and timing belt should be fine at that sort of mileage!hope you are enjoyin yer motorhome? i used to sell motorhomes for a livin,maybe you should get yerself a habitation test carried out,this should cover bamp checks,gas leaks and electrical installation etc!!!!!!!!!!!good for yer own peace of mind..............happy campin for the future.....(cam belt etc good till approx 50,000 miles)
     
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    well sorry irish rover but im glad i nbever brought one of your vans then.

    A cam belt and tensioners should be changed at five years regardless of milage. it is not just milage that dictates but life span.
    Why take a risk of 2-4k worth of damage for the sake of a couple of hundred quid for peace of mind and happy motoring.
     
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    Hi agree with haganap, if you are not certainit has been changed get it done,it is the age rather than miles :thumb:I always change mine on aquiring vehicle unless cetain it has been done
    terry
     
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    I would find out first if it has a cam belt!
    It could have a timing chain and they last a lot longer!
     
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    Thanks everyone for the info, although now its getting slightly confusing! Thought
    they all had a cam belt!! Cant see now that buying the motorhome is the easy bit, knowing all about its little foibles will take rather longer! Thank heavens for sites like this!
     
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    Is it Fiat Ducato based?
    As far as i know they have timing chains!
     
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    Yes it is a Fiat chassis. Does this mean there is a timing belt? Drove it for the first time last week and I love it! Wish now that I had perhaps bought a bigger motorhome! Mine is 18"6 or there abouts and
    I thought for the first van would probably be big enough, but its easy peasy to drive! Did it the wrong way around really, bought the motorhome, and then found this site, although I think sometimes it is better to take the plunge as at least I am at least a motorhome owner, wonder how many people actually buy the perfect van first time?
     
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    The timing belt is a cam belt! (two names for the same thing)
    I believe you have a timing chain!

    Maybe Johns Cross can tell you for sure!
    He's normally on here!
     
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    hi solitaire woman,

    exactly which engine is it?
    both capacity 20ltr, 2.3 ltr, 2,8ltr. and type ie- jtd, td, turbo

    if you can give me this info i can give you the exact milage and time to change the belt (yes....it has a belt) from the autodata disc.

    it varies between 36,000 and 72,000 and 4 years to 6 years

    john.
     
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    hi pappajohn!

    Its a 1.9 turbo diesel. First registered Jan 02 so just over 6 years. I suppose
    that means I should get it changed? Brownhills, where I bought it from quote £475 but that sounds expensive to me! I should have asked them to replace it before I handed over the money I think!!
     
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    I am somtimes worried about the technical advise given albeit it is given in good faith,
    It is fair to asume your cambelt is over due and should be replaced ASAP complete with new tensioners and Pully's as req cost for this work is aprox £180 +vat at a non main dealeship and will vary acording to the part of the country your in (overheads) if you bought at Brownhills you may be close to me so the costings are about right
    Geo
    ps if you have a warranty in place only genuine parts should be used and will efect costs slightly
     
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    No digger driver, a ducatto that age will have a cam belt not a chain.
    Thats deffinate, my hand book says to be changed at 72k or 5 years whatever is sooner.
     
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    Absoloutly agree,
     
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    according to the autodata disc it should be checked every 36,000 or 4 years(whichever comes first) and replaced at 72,000 or 5 years.
    as others have said though, because of the low milages involved it should be replaced due to age fatigue.:Sad:

    like tyres, if they dont get used they rot at a much faster rate than those that get used every day. dont know why but thats the way it is.:Eek!:

    if you just bought it at 6 years old the chances are it wasn't done by the previous owner. it doesnt look to complicated so should be resonably cheap just dont go to a fiat dealer. while they know the engine, their hourly rate is equivilant to a mortgage.

    john
     
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    hi solitaire, do as the terry and others said get it changed,for peace of mind.will cost you more in the long run.good luck. blackie
     
  20. Digger Driver

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    Cheers mate!
    I wasn't quite sure about the later models!
     
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