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Timing belt..

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So my car recently hit 66000 miles and has never had its timing belt done.

Some mechanics have told me its okay till 70000 some have told me its long overdue and needs to get sorted asap.

Was looking for abit of advice, as i dont know if the garage is trying to get more £££ out of me or if it actually needs done!

If so, can anyone recommend anywhere to buy one thats good and not rediculously priced, because if i buy it all i have to pay for is labour so cuts the cost down abit!

cheers.

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What car is it?

And yes, I'd probably have it done.

The belt etc are quite cheap, it's the labour that costs - and any decent garage will probably get the bits cheaper than you can - my local man does, and he doesn't put a margin on parts, either.

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its a 2000 polo 1.4

Well one of the guys just told me to look around and see what kinda price i can get it, and see what like after that whether he can get it cheaper etc.

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So is it 13 years on the first belt? Belts should be changed either due to mileage or time. Usually it's about 5 years on VW. So get it in quick because if it goes it will be very messy.

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In 2007 VW changed their schedules for changing cam belts due to the number of owners experiencing engine damage caused by this issue. Before 2007 I think they advised changing every 5 years.

VW is very clear that this part should be changed every 4 years or 60000 miles, which ever comes first.

It is not normally the belt that fails its the tensioner which VW decided to make out of plastic.

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Absolutely get it changed, you'll need the whole kit, tensioners etc, probably best change the water pump too.

You are unlikely to buy an OE quality kit cheaper than a mechanic with trade discount, and don't bother with anything 'cheap' as it'll be poor quality.

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Absolutely get it changed, you'll need the whole kit, tensioners etc, probably best change the water pump too.

You are unlikely to buy an OE quality kit cheaper than a mechanic with trade discount, and don't bother with anything 'cheap' as it'll be poor quality.

Yep, this ^^

Do it, the downside risk is so huge that it's not worth pushing.

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Change the belt, tensioner and water pump. End of.

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VW is very clear that this part should be changed every 4 years or 60000 miles, which ever comes first.

VW UK seem more concerned about time than mileage as it's 140k miles or 4 years on my 170 CR TDI.

I also believe it's VW UK that stipulate the 4 years. Interestingly Audi stipulate 5 years for the same engine and the factory don't stipulate any time but just mileage and regular inspections.

Better to be safe than sorry though :-)

OP get it changed ASAP

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Change the belt, tensioner and water pump. End of.

And the thermostat

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