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Just got a letter from VW saying that my Brake Fluid or Camblet may need replacing as my car is 4 years old and that i should take it in for them to check. I thought that the Cambelt was done on the 60k service or have I got that wrong? Anyone know how much a new cambelt is anyway?

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Don't get it done at VW. My cambelt on my old 2.0 cost me ?105 for everything including the work at the garage I bought it from.Yes, you should have it done at a certain age because it gets weaker over time, if it snaps, you'll be looking at HUGE amounts of money.
 

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no real way, its black rubber HTD timing belt ,high torque drive, with parabolic tooth form , the power cords in the belt are nylon rope and cant be seen, if it looks worn it probably is best to change it.
 

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Hmmmm so shall i take it to a normal garage to check? then again just because i let them check it doesnt mean i have to get it done by them.

Are there any signs that its going?
 

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They would say that they want your money.  Fair enough the brake fluid should be changed every 2 years or so because it's hygroscopic (absorbs water) and will eventually allow the system to deteriorate.  The VW service schedule only says that the cam belt needs inspecting from 60k miles onwards (then every 20k) and has no replacement interval so most dealers probably try to suggest replacing it at their first opportunity, i.e. the first inspection (60k) because they want your money.  It's not a Ford I haven't heard of it going on Golfs (although I expect someone will correct me).
 

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Yes I will, and it has gone on golf's!

However, I'm still on my first cambelt thinking about it and I'm at 50k on a 1999 car, so bex, you should be ok!
 

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Don't get it done at VW. My cambelt on my old 2.0 cost me ?105 for everything including the work at the garage I bought it from.Yes, you should have it done at a certain age because it gets weaker over time, if it snaps, you'll be looking at HUGE amounts of money.
?105 at the dealers for cambelt change is a bloody good price!!! i just paid ?140 plus vat at a back street garage for a cambelt change on the ibiza. I rang a few places up and they were all in the region of ?130-?150.

Cambelt changes on most petrol cars is 60K. I got the ibiza done at 63K, there were no signs on the belt that lead to beleave it was going to snap when he took it off. Good to do for piece of mind though at around that mileage.
 

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I found that most cambelt failures are not due to the belt breaking, but the belt tensioner falling apart.

I would normally change the belt, tensioner, tensioner bolt and possibly rollers at the recommended interval for the engine code.

For most VAG engines some special tools are needed to do the job properly. You can get away with using the old tippex but the cam and diesel pump timing will normally be out slightly. For the PD engines I would not do the job without the special tools.

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I found that most cambelt failures are not due to the belt breaking, but the belt tensioner falling apart.

I would normally change the belt, tensioner, tensioner bolt and possibly rollers at the recommended interval for the engine code.
I'd agree with all that but I'd also change the water pump at the same time, silly not to really as it's a simple job when doing the belt, relatively cheap and is another thing in the loop that can cause a belt failure if it fails.
 

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Thanks for the help guys. I'll definitely wont be taking it to the garage for them to check. They're just trying to bankrupt me [:(]
 

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Bra straps are very good to, all tied together [:)] At least, thats what I would tell a nice girl should I come across one with a broken cam belt....I really should be in the AA!
 

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Don't get it done at VW. My cambelt on my old 2.0 cost me ?105 for everything including the work at the garage I bought it from.Yes, you should have it done at a certain age because it gets weaker over time, if it snaps, you'll be looking at HUGE amounts of money.
?105 at the dealers for cambelt change is a bloody good price!!!
read again mike he said dont get it done by a dealer [:)] lol

most garages charge around a ton for a cam belt , and is always best to get it done regular 30k 60k and so on

, or you will end up with a big bill

what would you rather pay ?100 for a belt or ?600 for a new head rebuild

ive had 2 go on me since i been driving
 

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Don't get it done at VW. My cambelt on my old 2.0 cost me ?105 for everything including the work at the garage I bought it from.Yes, you should have it done at a certain age because it gets weaker over time, if it snaps, you'll be looking at HUGE amounts of money.
?105 at the dealers for cambelt change is a bloody good price!!!
read again mike he said dont get it done by a dealer [:)] lol

most garages charge around a ton for a cam belt , and is always best to get it done regular 30k 60k and so on

, or you will end up with a big bill

what would you rather pay ?100 for a belt or ?600 for a new head rebuild

ive had 2 go on me since i been driving
damn, what cars?
 

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Don't get it done at VW. My cambelt on my old 2.0 cost me ?105 for everything including the work at the garage I bought it from.Yes, you should have it done at a certain age because it gets weaker over time, if it snaps, you'll be looking at HUGE amounts of money.
?105 at the dealers for cambelt change is a bloody good price!!!
read again mike he said dont get it done by a dealer [:)] lol

most garages charge around a ton for a cam belt , and is always best to get it done regular 30k 60k and so on

, or you will end up with a big bill

what would you rather pay ?100 for a belt or ?600 for a new head rebuild

ive had 2 go on me since i been driving
damn, what cars?
first ways a mkiv Escort Deisel Van , pulled off the pavment and bang 650 rebuild and then mondeo at 95mph ouch bought a new engine for that one of a local breaker , and fitted myself , 250 god fords are crap lol
 

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The timing belt snapped on my 1.8T at 85mph +, the result? 19 bent
valves, 12 new valve guides at a total cost of 1200 quid! Shop around
for prices as suggested, the price between different vw garages can
vary widely.....
 
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