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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 14:50 Thread Starter
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I'm from South Africa. I recently bought my dream car (the ZR 120) after reading all the news articles saying "MG is back in South Africa" under the CMH name. That's however not the full story. When I phoned them today I discovered they only have the MG6 parts and nothing else.

Local part shops like Midas and Autozone don't even have MG on their computers. I did find 2 dealers in Cape Town that can import parts, but they are slow and never answer their listed phones.

I noticed that the Freelander 1.8 engine looks exactly the same (Midas and Autozone do stock Freelander parts).

I just successfully fitted a Freelander's PAS belt and they were exactly the same.

My question is: will a Freelander cambelt and tensioner fit the 1.8 KSeries engine in the ZR 120? The ZR's got 90 000km on the clock and it's time for a cambelt change. And how about the alternator belt tensioner? Same thing? One of my tensioners (either alternator or cambelt) are squeaking and I'd like to sort it out as soon as possible.

I don't like it when my new baby is crying and squeaking like that.

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Yes the parts are interchangeable.

The LR part number for the cambelt is LHN100560L, cambelt tensioner is LHP100900L.

There are two alternator belts depending on whether aircon is fitted....

Non-aircon: PQS100840
Aircon: PQS101180

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Thank you so much Technozen! You've been a great help and I see when I enter "freelander parts for mg zr" in google this thread is the 3rd google search result. I think you've just helped a whole bunch of people.

I have also found these alternatives for the exact same timing belt (this is unconfirmed so please double check)

AE TB640 Timing Belt
BOSCH 1 987 949 519 Timing Belt
DAYCO 94906 Timing Belt
FLENNOR 4386V Timing Belt
GATES 5497XS Timing Belt
GOODYEAR G1494H Timing Belt
HUTCHINSON 145 AHP 26 Timing Belt
INA 536 0265 10 Timing Belt
OPTIMAL R-1429 Timing Belt
PEX 20.2217 Timing Belt
ROVER LHN100560L Timing Belt
TRISCAN 8645 5497xs Timing Belt

For South Africans: If you phone Midas or Autozone, they will probably ask for a year model, just say you have a 2005 Freelander 1.8i

I also presume it is safe to say that the waterpump is also exactly the same. If that is the case the part number should be PEB10051. In this case it seems like the Rover/MG part numbers are the same.

Thank you once again for your help!
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Just a quick follow up for anyone who might read this later. If they ask you if you want a manual tensioner or an automatic one, get the automatic tensioner.

So far I presume this is correct for a 2005 MG ZR 120 (non facelift). Will report back here if it is not.
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All the non VVC k series engines in the ZR (and Rover 25) used the auto cambelt tensioner. Only the VVC engines had the manual one (R25 GTi and MG ZR 160). The cam belt is different for the manual tensioner too.

Water pumps are indeed the same for both MGR and Freelander (I think you missed the last 0 off the part number - PEB102510), as are most of the engine components.

If you have difficulty sourcing parts for your car in SA, you may find Rimmer Brothers of help ( - they are a UK genuine MGR/XPart parts supplier and will ship most parts worldwide. They have a very comprehensive and useful online parts catalogue which is largely based on the MGR/Xpart epc.

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Cam belts for rover in RSA

I got mine from Auto bax.
Phone : 011 397-7409/12

They are the gates agents in SA. If they do not have stock they will locate.

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Thank you Man in the Car and HughmR

Some further feedback for other South Africans with the same problem:

Midas/Autozone: A hit and miss when asking for Freelander parts. It seems they keep cheaper parts like belts and filters, but more expensive parts are not even listed or out of stock.

I did find a company called "Alert Engine Parts". They were able to help me with the waterpump, cam belt and cam belt tensioner.

Still no luck on the Alternator and PAS tensioner. Will try Auto Bax as suggested by Hugh and if that fails, import from Rimmer Brothers.

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Who do you guys use in SA to work on your MG's , got the ZR160 facelift and I find it problematic in trusting guys to work on these cars have to know more than I do about my car to work on it ...otherwise what's the point.

Got s Cambelt kit for the VVC for R795 from Diesel Electric the stock alot of MG parts on request. Gates of course
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Might be worth asking in the South Africa area forum:

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I cant actually help with your query - I just want to see pics of your car!
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