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Old 11 February 2010, 02:29 PM
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My 2003 1.5DCi Megane Cambelt is long overdue for a change and I don't really fancy paying Renault 550 odd quid for their services....

Anyone know of or can recommend a decent company that can and will do the job for a lot less?

I'm told that the water pump needs changing at the same time so....
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Old 12 February 2010, 09:36 AM
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Old 12 February 2010, 11:36 AM
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Is the car two years overdue for a cambelt change?

You don't have to have the waterpump changed, but it is recommended, as if it starts to leak (common) or it fails, the cambelt would have to come off again, so it's a preventative measure.

Autodata state the time for new cambelt, tensioner pulley, water pump and cooling system flush and refill as 3 hours labour.

I'm not sure how much the parts will be, at a guess 150, but phone round your local motor factors and price it up that way, avoid main dealers and take it to a local Mechanic.
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You might also want to have the aux (serpentine) belt done while you are there.
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Originally Posted by Dedrater View Post
Is the car two years overdue for a cambelt change?

You don't have to have the waterpump changed, but it is recommended, as if it starts to leak (common) or it fails, the cambelt would have to come off again, so it's a preventative measure.

Autodata state the time for new cambelt, tensioner pulley, water pump and cooling system flush and refill as 3 hours labour.

I'm not sure how much the parts will be, at a guess 150, but phone round your local motor factors and price it up that way, avoid main dealers and take it to a local Mechanic.
Thanks mate... yes its well overdue. The car is used so little that it had its last 'longlife' service 8000 miles before it should have. For some reason I thought I'd had the Cambelt service done but checking through the paperwork, I've obviously missed it. Needs another 'longlife service' and the cambelt doing but my local Renault have quoted just over 1k for both.....
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Buy the kit and water pump yourself. google the bits you need to get a good price. then get you tame mechanic to fit it.

I got my 406 2.1td cambelt kit which was a good quality kit with the wheels and tensioners for around 46.00 cannot remember how much the water pump was but not cheap.

The water pump is likely driven off of the cambelt (french are ***** for this) so if it goes you **** the belt and pulleys and have to do it all again.

I CANNOT REMEMEBR FOR THE LIFE OF ME WHERE I GOT THE KIT FROM.

My TD was a b1tch to work on, no room to work and you had to take loads of bits off including the osf strut to get to the belt and pump. Tyres Northampton chaged me around 120-140 to fit the belt and pump, part where under 100.00 which is pretty good, stealership wanted 440.00 + vat

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I would buy a gates kit (which is what renault use) and i would buy an auxillary belt aswell
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Old 14 February 2010, 09:50 PM
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GSF might be worth a try..

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Old 14 February 2010, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Vr5RA_Matchew View Post
I would buy a gates kit (which is what renault use) and i would buy an auxillary belt aswell
yup, good point, do the aux belt at the same time
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Thanks guys.... lots of useful pointers.... hopefully if i can save few hundred quid I can put it towards the scooby
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