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My car is due a service (actually overdue, due to a lack of lolly) !!! Phoned the stealers today and they said it would be £198 all in. I asked what is involved with a 60k service and was told, 'pollen filter. oil filter, oil and a general check over'. Seems a bit steep to me !!!

I know I can do all of these myself, but I still want the stamp in the book. So what I want to know is, can I fit all the parts myself and get a reduced price service done and stamped ??

Another question, is it possible to DIY the cam belt, realistically ?? Or does it involve specialist tools, etc.
 

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yeah i think the cam belt needs lots of specialist tools and i personally wouldnt take the risk in diy'ing a cambelt. unless u know a few tricks
 

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It doesn't need any unusual special tools, it's doable diy (think there's a guide somewhere on here) just depends if you're confident and happy wielding spanners
 

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Doubt a dealer will give you a stamp unless they do the oil, and then you may as well get the whole lot done.

Cambelt wise, it's do-able, I did mine, and I'd only ever done a oil change before. Bitch of a job cos there's no room down there, but it's not too bad, the turbo was worse! There's a guide on here for an AGU, but they're all the same. You'll need a few tools (sockets, spanners, torque wrench, allen keys), but nothing special. The 1.4's and 1.6's need a cam locking tool, but the two camshafts on the 1.8T are secured by a chain on the other side of the head.

My advice, get the service done at a specialist, big boys toys or somewhere like that, and do the cambelt yourself. 200 quid instead of 600! And feel much better about having done it right yourself and you'll learn much more about the car in the process.

Andy
 

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There must be someone on this forum who knows a "friend" at the stealers! [;)]

I used to know someone who used to do a "service" on my car and stamp my book, but he has unfortunately left the company!

I reckon you should get the cambelt done by a pro, dangerous business if you get it wrong! [:(]
 

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Don't scare him!! [:eek:] Would you rather have a £200 bill or one for £700??? And then still not know if they've done it all right, including replaced the engine mounting bolts among other things. Just search for some who've had engines fall out after cambelts cos they didn't replace the botls!

The £500 difference can go a long way on mods etc!! [:)]

I reckon you should get the cambelt done by a pro, dangerous business if you get it wrong! [:(]
You are correct, it is dangerous if you get it wrong, but the chances of that are next to nothing.

With the belt off, it is possible to move the camshafts and crank, but the compression pressure in the cylinders will work to prevent it, and you won't just be able to knock it with your elbow while fiddling elsewhere.Trust me, I was paranoid about this too, but when you get the belt back on you can turn it two crank rotations to bring everything back to the position it was in and see that the timing is right.

You'll get a great sense of satisfaction having done it, and could do it again, and you won't have to cut down on beer/**** etc for the next month!!
 

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I have not done a belt on a Golf but done a few on other cars over the years. The offical procedure is usually to use some form of special tool to prevent the engine moving but I never have - as said above, it doesn't move easily. If necessary you can paint temporary timing marks on the various pulleys and engine so you know its still in the same position.
 

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Thanks for all the replies, I have decided, I will get the service done at VW and will do the timing belt myself later. What, apart from the actual kit from VW, should I buy:

New engine mounting bolts, I know.

Water pump. Where do you buy the metal impellar type ?

Anything else ?? Haynes manual, any use ??
 

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I understand wanting to keep a FSH but in all honesty do you really need a VW stamp.  I certianly dont care, in fact I would prefer a independent VW specialist to do the work.  If nobody cared about SH then I would do everyhting myself.  Just get them to change the oil/oil filter, stamp the book and do the rest yourself.  Its a piece of piss and as long as you keep the reciepts for the parts you can prove it when you come to sell.     
 

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Thanks for all the replies, I have decided, I will get the service done at VW and will do the timing belt myself later. What, apart from the actual kit from VW, should I buy:

New engine mounting bolts, I know.

Water pump. Where do you buy the metal impellar type ?

Anything else ?? Haynes manual, any use ??
I bought a timing belt kit from GSF. You may need to get a tensioner from VW, though it is expensive, and I don't know if they would change it. GSF also sell the water pump, ask specifically for the one with the brass impellor, it's a little extra, but worth it.

I used a haynes manual and a guide linked from here.

Good luck, sure you'll do fine.

Andy
 

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I understand wanting to keep a FSH but in all honesty do you really need a VW stamp. I certianly dont care, in fact I would prefer a independent VW specialist to do the work. If nobody cared about SH then I would do everyhting myself. Just get them to change the oil/oil filter, stamp the book and do the rest yourself. Its a piece of piss and as long as you keep the reciepts for the parts you can prove it when you come to sell.
I understand where your coming from and I have always had the same attitude and have always carried out my own servicing. But since this car has a FVWSH, I may aswell get it done there as the difference elsewhere is minimal and lots of people do look for a full dealer history when buying.

I do most other work myself

A) Because I enjoy learning about the car.

B) Because I enjoy getting stuck in...and

C) Because I am a tight b'stard !!!!!
 

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I also do my own servicing, have done for years. I keep receipts for all the parts bought and record each service by ticking off a copy of the service schedule, stapling the receipts to it.

When I have come to sell the cars on, I advertise them with full service history (which is correct) and the buyers can view all the paperwork - its not put anyone off yet.
 
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