Re cam belt

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  1. maxitai

    maxitai Read Only Funster

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    Thanks to all who replied to my query re a cambelt for my 2.8 td boxer,
    the vehicle has done 29000 miles but is on a y plate, therefore over 5 years old, would it still need replacing now? Or could it go for a while yet.
    It is in a lovely condition and been well looked after, however it is the age of the vehicle, not the mileage so much ,i have been told?
    Paul
     
  2. Benwick Rambler

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    Maxitai,

    Your thread on cambelts got me thinking as I too have a motorhome based on the 2.8HDi Boxer although mine is on an 05 plate and has only done 16,000 miles. I rang my Peugeot dealer (Corby Motors) for advice and also emailed Peugeot direct. Their response is below:

    <SPAN lang=EN-GB>Dear Mr Foster,
    Thank you for your recent enquiry made via the Peugeot website.
    I am happy to advise that Peugeot recommends that your vehicle's cambelt is changed at 80,000 miles or ten years under normal driving conditions or 48,000 miles or five years under arduous driving conditions. The quoted values are offered as advice and are not to be taken as a guarantee of the expected life expectancy of the cambelt.
    Kind regards,
    John Morrison
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    Peugeot Customer Advisor
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    The Peugeot Customer Contact Centre

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  3. Geo

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    May I offer some adevise that will gaurantee the life of your cambelt and engine
    CHANGE IT ASAP:Eeek:
    Geo
     
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    I must agree.
    I would change at 5 years. I had a friend who thought he knew better and followed Peugeot's advice and it broke.
    It was an expensive error.:Eeek:, don't bother about milage, go by age.


    Dave
     
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    May I offer some adevise that will gaurantee the life of your cambelt and engine
    CHANGE IT ASAP:Eeek:
    Geo

    Hi Geo, Thanks for the advice, our Peugeot Boxer 2.8Hdi is now almost 6 years old with 20k on the clock. I guess it's time to bite the bullet and get the cam belt and tensioners changed. We hope to be using the van a lot more this year and don't want it to be laid up needing a new engine. Is there anything else that in your opinion should be done whilst this work is being carried out such as brake fluid change. Do you have any idea of approximate cost ?? I will adjust accordingly for London rates.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Once again, thanks for the heads up.:thumb:

    Brisey
     
  6. Geo

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    Hi
    Yours is about a 3hr job without air con fitted say 1/2 more for air con, knowing london rates you will get no change out of a fiver:Wink: around us anywhere between £250 -£350
    whilst your fitter is in there get them to check if the belt drives anything eles like water pump(dont think your does) but ask anyway, if so ask them to check for play and or roughness of any other pullys or drives used by the belt and change if required, thats about all anyone can do:Sad: you might want a new alternator drive belt fitted while there at it that should be just the cost of the belt on the bill
    Cam belts are like elastic bands how many times can you stretch it before it breaks :cry:
    Geo
     
  7. dave newell lvs

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    If in doubt get it changed, NOW!!! I have first hand experience of cam belt failure on my wife's Fiat Bravo (my own fault for not changing it), it cost me £300 and that was doing the job myself. 7 out of 12 valves were bent plus a head skim and pressure test then new belt, tensioners, gaskets and antifreeze took care of the money. Add in the labour and you could easily be looking at the wrong end of £1000, especially on an A class with limited engine bay access. If the belt does drive any other bits like the water pump then get them changed too, just consider the hassle if it failed on a European holiday!

    D.
     
  8. Brisey

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    Thanks for the reply Geo.:thumb: I didn't realise that Mansfield was "that much" cheaper than London.:RollEyes: A trip to Pecks Hill might be in order, any overnight sites nearby.:BigGrin:

    Brisey.
     
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    Reading this thread, does this mean that my Swift Kontiki, 2002 Fiat Ducato 2.8 JTD needs cambelt changing. It has done almost 18,000 miles.
    If so what else should I have changed at the same time. Almost due for an MOT so will get all done together if I have to.

    This hobby is now proving to be extremely expensive.

    Thanks

    Lesley
     
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    Hi,
    I had my cambelt changed on my petrol boxer by my local main dealer. I also asked them to check the condition of the gearbox oil as I have had problems with water ingress, they said the only way to check it was to change it (£70) and replaced it with the latest spec oil that Peugeot recommend. This oil is supposed to cure difficult gear changes when cold. Guess what.. I now have difficulty changing from 1st to 2nd:cry:mechanic adjusted clutch cable which seemed to improve it and I readjusted it after reading the manual but as it was OK before why should I have to? Anyone got any bright ideas? cable settings are to spec.
    Regards,
    Chris
     
  11. 2bob

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    hello
    just had cambelt water pump vac pump belt +other bits on peugeot boxer 95 only done 12000 but 4 years old 500quid
     
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    possibly too late!!!

    I had a laika with that engine. I had it serviced by fiat in france every year and they showed me a document that specified replacement after 4 years. :cry:(250euros) \My new Pilote with 3.0l fiat specifies replecement at 4 years. \my friends withanother laika had not done huge mileage but the belt broke just after they left le havre in January this year. took 1 week to fix (cost unknown) but ruined their holiday to spain.:Doh::Sad: :shout:CHANGE IT!!
    bets wishes
     
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    Hi.
    Listen to Geo's advice. a brocken cam belt can totaly wreck an engine. Better safe than sorry !

    Pudseykeith
     
  14. hilldweller

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    We had ours done at 14,000 miles but at the age limit.

    What a good job we did, belt looked like new but one of the pulleys was about to fail, I don't want to think about the cost of that !
     
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    The answer is obvious...............get a YANK!! :Rofl1:

    Or a Merc.

    Olley
     
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    Cripes,

    14,000 miles and 10 years old!!!!! My 08 plate has done that, you need to get out more.:Smile:
     
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    10 years old ?

    which post did you get that age from?
     
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    No 5.

    The Fiat handbook says 4 years, one workshop manual 5 and Fiat say 6.

    We bought a 4 YO Burstner with 4000 miles on the clock. Oven had never been lit.
    It's now 6 YO with 16000 and rising rapidly. Oven well used.
     
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    Changed mine last year 2002 2.8JTD only 12,000 miles but bearings disintergated when it was changed, Close one! As for cost £220 changed the belt and coverd the MOT. I use a bus garage they seem to charge trade rates not public, also can't get my hobby 750 into most garages.
     
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    Cambelt

    I had my cambelt replaced at the 5 year service point as advised by my local mechanic. It cost an extra £110 but as we were off on a long trip through Germany and down to Slovinia I though I'd best get it done Saves any worry!! My sons friend van cambelt went last week and cost over £350 to have it repaired.:thumb:
     
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