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Old 15-01-2007, 21:25   #1
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To Cambelt change or not to cambelt change?

That is my question.

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99F that had it changed in 2003 with 40,000 on the clock.

Now has 74,000 on the clock and just wondering if you peeps would recommend a straight change or whether there is a cheeky upgrade/improvement (like the coolant pipes being changed for alu ones) that can be done at the same time.
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Old 15-01-2007, 21:30   #2
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With a 99MY isn't the cambelt change every 5 years? Anyway if it's due then you have an option of change the cambelt or risk having to put a new engine in. Having had a belt snap on a car I know what I would sooner do.
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Old 15-01-2007, 21:58   #3
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Replace belt & tensioner.
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Agreed. Better to get it done.
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Old 15-01-2007, 22:11   #5
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Ok doe key, will do, what sort of cost should I be looking at?

I need MOT and Service with Cam and Brake fluid change?

I'm guessing it would have been better to ask them to do it when I had the clutch changed last month? Whoops
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Depends on the labour rate but its a big service, a few months ago I paid just over 500 for the same service at a local Xpart Centre.
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Old 15-01-2007, 22:27   #7
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Ouch, not cheap then.

All these things seem to go at once don't they.

We've just had the keep it/sell it conversation, not good, very depressing.

Poor old F is competing with a 02 TDi Golf that has only needed a new airfreshner and a set of new tyres in 30,000 miles.

The F has had....

New rear window,
Hoops and windstop(our choice but not cheap)
Brake discs and pads
HGF!!!!!
New clutch
Tyres (twice due to poor tracking/suspension problems)

and on the horizon is the above service and a change of Dash due to a growing crack in the plastic, and some body work on the wings, window frames and under the rear arch as the dreaded orange modification is starting.

Grrrr, someone please remind me of the wind in the hair (whats left of it) and why we love the car so much!
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It's sounds like most 8 year old cars, I think it depends on how long you plan to keep it if its not long then it maybe that its time to let it go?
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Old 15-01-2007, 23:42   #9
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To quote my OH when tonight discussing the price of the HGF to her car.. "we'll just have to have a couple of lean months ahead" my reply was "no you'll have to have a couple of lean months I've just bought a new VRs there's nowt wrong with my car".......
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Old 16-01-2007, 16:35   #10
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Ohh the dreaded Fabia VRS words, The SO's mother has one and it is one hell of a motor for the money to be fair, would love one and will probably change the Golf for one eventually, just not sure of the colours they do at the moment (oh I've come over all girly!)

Hmm looks like she might survive another year (The 'F not the SO!)

Had a quote for under the 500 mark locally...

MOT, Service, fluid change, Cam change (tensioners etc... means nothing to me!) and might squeeze back discs and pads for under that mark as well all fitted.

Any advantage in sticking the EBC ones on the back as well as the front?

The guy I've just spoken too said that it wouldn't really improve braking unless I was hard on my brakes can't think what he was suggesting!
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Old 16-01-2007, 16:37   #11
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Just read that back and it should read The 'F AND the SO are staying another year!

Sorry dear if you read this, didn't mean it!
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Old 16-01-2007, 18:28   #13
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I must be missing something here?
Why have the belt changed when, it's got at least another 12 months and 24k miles left on it?
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