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Old 14-03-2008, 12:25   #1
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Rover 25 Timing Belt Change

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Not having a manual or owners book can anyone tell me the recommended mileage for changing a timing belt on the 25, 1.4 petrol impression.
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:32   #2
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6 years / 60,000 miles.
Change the tensioner and water pump while you're at it.

(there have been various other figures quoted like 5 years and 90,000 miles, but I would stick with the above, it's the safe option)
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:34   #3
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Having just bought my Rover 25, and has 70,000+ miles on the clock, and no record of cam belt change.....would a garage be able to perform a visual inspection to see if it needs changing?
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:57   #4
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To be honest mate, if theres isn't a record of it being done i would get it done anyway just to be certain. It's a lot cheaper than if the belt snaps.
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Old 14-03-2008, 13:03   #5
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By the time the belt has visibly deteriorated, you would be lucky to have an engine still running. Broken belts usually look perfectly OK (apart from the break of course). If you have a look at your belt, check for any perishing of the rubber surface. Check for any of the fibre reinforement coming away at the sides (the reinforcement is usually visible as a white "stitching" on the side of the belt. This is normal - having loose strands is not!). Check the belt teeth where they join onto the belt. There should be no cracks whatsoever at this point.

As your car has now done 70k, for peace of mind I would change the belt, tensioner and water pump. Yes, it will cost money, but not anywhere near as much as if any one of those components fails.

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Old 14-03-2008, 13:05   #6
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As your car has now done 70k, for peace of mind I would change the belt, tensioner and water pump. Yes, it will cost money, but not anywhere near as much as if any one of those components fails.
Ok, I think it's best I get a quote from my local Rover "specialist" then

thanks (here's looking at my dwindling bank account)
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Old 14-03-2008, 13:55   #7
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Cheers mate, will get that done a.s.a.p.
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Phoned up and got a quote of 180-200 for the cambelt change.

Said they would phone back and let me know how much it would cost to also change the water pump and tensioner....but they never did
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Not knowing a thing about Rover service prices, specialists or not, I would think that was quite high. Looking at my Autodata information, the chargeable time to replace a cambelt on the 16v is 1.9 hours. (Or 2 hours with AirCon). To replace the tensioner is 1.9 hours. To replace the water pump is 3 hours. Obviously as the three jobs are going to be done "as one", then I should look at a chargeable 3 hours work. I would estimate that the parts would retail about 60 - probably 40% of that at trade prices - or I may be out of touch. So 120 to 140 for three hours work?
Is that reasonable at todays prices??
I'm used to doing it myself or unhappily paying 100 per hour for a computer to look at my BMW for its service. I don't know if the computer or the "technician" is more reliable. At least from my experience, the BMW "technician" can't actually diagnose any problems, and neither can he answer any questions about my car!!!

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The price sounds OK to me.
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Old 15-03-2008, 22:29   #11
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Even on the car, this is a fairly straightforward job. Have alook at this 11 minute video which gives a good insight into 'how to':

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...k-series&hl=en

If the car has other belts like PAS and alternator which have been in use for some time, change those at the same time.
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Old 19-03-2008, 18:59   #12
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Phoned up and got a quote of 180-200 for the cambelt change.

Said they would phone back and let me know how much it would cost to also change the water pump and tensioner....but they never did

Am not having much luck really.

Have also phoned a local XPart center for a quote, twice
First time yesterday, I was told someone would phone back in 5 minutes....waited 15 minutes, but had to leave the house....they had phoned back though.
Second time I phoned today, again there was no one available to give me a quote, and gave them my mobile number to phone me back on, but they never did

Anyway, found a place online locally (Canterbury) that specialise in cambelts, and emailed for a quote.

Here's the reply:

Quote:
I won't change a cambelt on its own so will be quoting for cambelt kit
change.

To supply and fit cambelt and tensioner 137.02

To add a waterpump and antifreeze to the above will be an additional 96.21
Am not sure if that includes VAT, but it sounds pretty reasonable to me
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