Timing belt change?

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  1. Touchwood

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    As my newly purchased MH has only done 13,500 miles I thought that there was no need to check with the previous owner whether the timing belt had been changed.

    I have just read in another post, however, that it is wise to change the belt every 5 years regardless of mileage. :Eek!: The MH is 2002, so 9 years old, so I'm a bit concerned. I'll contact the previous owner and ask if it's been changed, but would appreciate some expert advice - is it true that it should be changed periodically regardless of mileage? If so, is 5 years reasonable?
     
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    I would change it. Can't rely on previous owner saying it has been changed. Fact that the vehicle has sat doing nothing for weeks at an end, doesn't make the belt last longer.
     
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    I had my belt changed at 6 years ( not for mileage ) but for age ( early 2004 reg ) 2.00Ltr Hdi Peugeot
    I would check with the previous owners if I were you, as it's not worth taking the risk.......
    If you get the belt changed make sure you get a new tensioner kit fitted at the same time, as these can also fail....
    Some would also recommend that the waterpump is changed at the same time when the cambelt is off, but in my view providing there is no sign of a leak etc where do you stop?....
     
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    I have a 2006 boxer with about 16k on the clock and will be getting it done with annual service in March. Asked the garage this year he advised getting it done next year even though its not due.
     
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    Yes, I think that Most manufacturers recommend every five years as well, irrespective of mileage. As above, simply standing around has an adverse effect on the belt. Compared with the cost of the repair, it is simply not worth the risk
     
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    Go for it Mate, for a couple hundred quid the peace of mind is unbeleivable:thumb:
     
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    mileage AND age are to be taken into account for cambelt change..

    the mileage varies between vehicles makes and engines within their range.

    80,000mls OR 4 to 5 years is average.

    £200/£300 for a belt change or around £1300/£1500 to rebuild it if it snaps.

    when replacing the belt also renew the tensioner and idler pully's at the same time, and, for the sake of another £30/£40, if the water pump is driven from the cambelt then change that at the same time...if the pump fails later it means removing the cambelt yet again.
     
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    Thanks to all for your helpful replies.

    I've organised the belt change for next week, and will ensure the tensioner is done at the same time. Not so sure about the water pump, as has been said, how far do you go? I'll get a price for it and if it is only (!) about £40.00 I'll probably get it done, but I'm not really sure it's necessary - unlike the belt which I can understand may deteriorate through time regardless of use, I don't see why the water pump shouldn't be perfectly OK after only 13,500 miles. Or can that too "wear out" just sat doing nothing?
     
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    As you haven't said what your base vehicle is and engine size and type, specific information can not be given, your water pump may or may not be driven by the timing belt as John said
    In answer to you water pump wearing out standing, in the true sense of the word No, BUT the seals go brittle, bearings corrode, and after standing a water pump can and often does start leaking on its first journey, if bearings are rough they can collapse and that in itself will destroy the new belt along with the engine. all scary stuff that, garages are often accused of scaremongering to get more dosh out of you, if they don't mention it there accused of failing to notify you of possible future problems:RollEyes:
    Damned if we do Damned if we don't
    As the customer it will as always be your call:Wink:
    Geo
    Best practice is to very carefully check for any staining around the pump pulley areas and turn pump by hand feeling for roughness or tight spots if found change pump also
     
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    :Sad:As someone who doesn't even know what a timerbelt is, do we get some kind of warning before one goes? Does a dashboard light show up, or the engine shudder or stop or what please? Sorry to be a dumbo.:Blush:
     
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    Thanks, Geo.

    The base vehicle is a Peugot Boxer, 2.0 litre turbo. I asked the previous owner about the timing belt and he said he'd had it "looked at" at its service last January and it was OK - but as I've said I'm getting that done definitely. I'll ask the mechanic to undertake the checks you've suggested on the water pump if it is driven by the same belt, and replace if he thinks advisable.

    I'm beginning to appreciate that routine maintenance for a motorhome is somewhat different to that for a "normal" vehicle, for which most of the decisions on when to change things on a preventative basis are taken on mileage. I now know about the timing belt, and I'm also aware that with the tyres it's not just a case of tyre wear - is there anything else I should be thinking of getting done on an age basis (9 years) rather than mileage (13,500 miles)? It has been serviced every year from new ( I have the stamped up service history) :Confused:
     
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    Engine goes BANG without any warning :Eeek:

    The pistons hit the valves and wreck the engine, its either a replacement engine or expensive rebuild up to about 5k depending on vehicle etc :Eeek::Eeek:

    so if in any doubt about timing belt get it checked :thumb:
     
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    Imagine the engine in two halves, top half with loads of things in it going up and down, bottom half with loads of bigger things in it going up and down. The timing belt is a rubber best that works off the bottom thing, and makes the top thing turn, it obviously makes the tnings turn "in turn" so they keep apart. When it breaks, they all meet, valves punch their way through piston tops on some engines, valve trains get ruined on most,other serous damage occurs depending on the age/speed/wear on the engine at the time.
    If it ever happened to me, on say, a 2.8jtd engine, I would probably go for a recon engine rather than entrust a rebuild to a rebuilder.
    Do the belt sooner rather than later, short runs and stop starts also have an affect on belt life, at least if you do it, you wont kick yourself for years if it did fail.
    TOP TIP, if you do decide to change the water pump "just in case", clean the old one, get an old paintbrish and coat it liberally with vaseline (i know youve got some:BigGrin:) inside and out, then put it in a bag and cable tie it to store in your MH toolbox or wherever. It'll come in handy one day if your water pump goes in "outer bonga bonga".
     
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    Nope!...You get no warning !!!!....other than a knackered engine after the event! :BigGrin:
    That's why it's prudent to stick to the manufacturers schedule for timing belt change!
    To have belt and tensioners changed is a lot cheaper than fixing a broken engine!
     
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    no warning whatsoever Joy.

    instant lose of power just as if you'd turned the ignition off when driving. :Eeek:

    and a very large repair bill :cry:

    there was a member some time ago had to buy a factory replacement engine while touring in france.....11000 euro's


     
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    OK, OK, I get the message! :thumb:

    Rosie is booked in for new belt (and braces?) tensioner, and water pump next Tuesday. Been quoted £250 for the job - seems reasonable?
     
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    £250 seems very reasonable I would say..... At least you will have some 'peace of mind' when out and about on your travels!... Although nothing in life is 100% guaranteed as you will know..........
     
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    £250 vs a new engine seems good value I think.
    From someone who didn't know what a timing belt was or does, other from knowing there is dire damage if it snaps, I've found all your replies very helpful--thanks.
    Looking at a m/home for sale in Bordeaux and just asked the question when was timing belt changed--18 months and 12000 kms ago so guess that's OK.

    Engines scare me!!!
     
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    I have avantgarde 200 2003 model 17500miles same engine as yours i think, anyway i asked the same
    question back in June, all advice from funsters and others was the same, get it changed,
    Cost was £255, money well spent methinks(peace of mind).We went off to France in July touring for two weeks and never gave it a thought. Sounds like you are in same position i was back then, get it changed and rest easy.
    good luck:thumb:
     
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    Garage advice

    I am in a similar place. Recently purchased an Avantgarde 400. 17900 on the clock, 2003 model. I asked my local garage for a price to change the timing belt. Initially they were questioning the need to change it as it should be good for 80,000 or 10 years. After I explained about it having driven very few miles in the last couple of years they agreed that it would be a wise thing to do but not essential. I am going to get it changed as it will help to give peace of mind. When these belts sit in the same place without moving the rubber can start to degrade and go through a " second cure " hardening in some of the places. This leads to cracking and failure. It would probably be easier to predict the lottery than predict exactly when a belt will go though, and possibly need to win it to pay for repairs. Safest option is if in doubt, change it out.
     
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