Vauxhall Astra cam belt change?

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Found 9th Apr 2010
Hi I have just purchased a 2004 (54) Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTI and read somewhere that the cambelt should be changed every 60,000 - 80,000 miles on Astras. I also read another document from Vauxhall claiming that on my particular model it should be changed every 10 years/100,000 miles. It has 97k on the clock with a full service history but no record of a belt change. I took it to a mechanic today and he more or less guaranteed to me that it had been changed...not by looking at it but judging by the mileage. He said that it must have been changed as it would have snapped by now if not...

I mentioned it to a couple of my friends and they said that was not true as some cam belts go forever so I'm not sure. I would like a bit of advice from someone who knows what they are talking about please because it is a big repair and the mechanics not gonna take the flak if the engine goes. I will also take it to a few mechanics tomorrow to have a look.

I also need a couple of minor parts and want to know if I can buy them from any shops (to save me waiting for ebay delivery and the hassle of a scrapyard). It's a passenger side seatbelt buckle and the drivers side electric window switch.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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for peace of mind,change it :thumbsup: I've seen too many cars over the years where customers who purchased cars have presumed it had been changed & then the thing snaps, bad times !!! Some can go well over thier replacement time & not snap, luck of the draw really, but never assume its fine, unless you have firm proof it has been done.

any car i have bought i have always replaced the timing-belt,regardless, ok bit eaiser for me as its my job.
Im sure if you take it to a garage they can check it properly for you they only need to take a cover off which is coevering the belt and see what it looks like to be able to tell if it has or has not been changed recently.
is it the ENJOY model?
if so, i have one, 05 reg 1.7 cdti, currently on around 113,000 miles.. had the cambelt changed at 107,000 miles. was told to change at 100,000 by the dealer when i first got the car but kinda forgot and then got it changed at 107. i got the camblet changed by a vauxhall dealer for £240 including parts fitting + vat. hope this helps
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thedealsealer;8329118

is it the ENJOY model?if so, i have one, 05 reg 1.7 cdti, currently on … is it the ENJOY model?if so, i have one, 05 reg 1.7 cdti, currently on around 113,000 miles.. had the cambelt changed at 107,000 miles. was told to change at 100,000 by the dealer when i first got the car but kinda forgot and then got it changed at 107. i got the camblet changed by a vauxhall dealer for £240 including parts fitting + vat. hope this helps:thumbsup:



no its the life model but i think i'll take the above advice and probably get it changed after double checking with a few more mechanics. thanks
Don't risk it my handbook said 10 years or 100 000 miles. Car not yet 7 years old 49k on clock and snapped £900 repair bill will try taking it up with vauxhall but doubt i'll get anywhere
It's definitely 100k tho I had mine done at 76k, wasn't risking it and it coincided with a hose bursting at the back of the engine so covers had to come off anyway. Cost me £400 with new water pump tho Vauxhall don't replace water pump, garage reckon they go not long after replacing belt, still cheaper than Vauxhall doing the job tho.
bevers

It's definitely 100k tho I had mine done at 76k, wasn't risking it and it … It's definitely 100k tho I had mine done at 76k, wasn't risking it and it coincided with a hose bursting at the back of the engine so covers had to come off anyway. Cost me £400 with new water pump tho Vauxhall don't replace water pump, garage reckon they go not long after replacing belt, still cheaper than Vauxhall doing the job tho.



Yea... i think they have their answer after 3 to 4 years...........................
I have a 14 16v Astra 05 plate I get my cambelt changed every 4 years without fail Vauxhall say 6 years or 60,000 but not worth taking risk and peace of mind
sbally

I have a 14 16v Astra 05 plate I get my cambelt changed every 4 years … I have a 14 16v Astra 05 plate I get my cambelt changed every 4 years without fail Vauxhall say 6 years or 60,000 but not worth taking risk and peace of mind



​have they still got the car after 7years?
shadey12

have they still got the car after 7years?


no, the belt snapped
dataload

no, the belt snapped



Should have bought elasticated trousers then.
I always assumed vauxhall astras had timing chains and only had a drive belt for alternator, powersteering and air con ?
kester76

I always assumed vauxhall astras had timing chains and only had a drive … I always assumed vauxhall astras had timing chains and only had a drive belt for alternator, powersteering and air con ?



​looking at the ops posts, I think he changed this car about 6+ years ago.
shadey12

looking at the ops posts, I think he changed this car about 6+ years ago.


Well if he didn't get it changed, the belt must have snapped by now!
ah i just had this , the waterpump is on a different Aux on my car
1.7 Sri Astra diesel . 11 plate local garage said 200£ and dont worry about waterpump you can change that later if it plays up
. main vauxhall dealer masterfit said 216£ for cambelt only no tensioners and all the bolts ect ., then 420 for waterpump and cambelt , then when asked do i need change water pump and cambelt they said yes its advisable like i needed to change it cause its on same aux which its not ,
i would ring around local garages till you find one that knows what they talking about saved me 220£
i now got 220£ to spend on machine polish and after care and other things .

for you own personal car , ring around and ask ,. some may say yes just to get money out of you ,. i cant believe a main dealer would tell me i had to change it or the engine would go bang if water pump went which is not true ,same dealer charged me 100£ for diag to just plug a stupid thing in to tell me a spark plug had gone .
like seriously ., allow main dealer ., get your own OB2 and read the codes yourself and save yourself hundreds of pounds

so yeah being yours is a 52 plate that is like end of 2012 right the water pump must be on a seperate aux and would have no effect on engine if goes ,.

just dont rely on them , your better of on your own . armed with a 10£ obd2 reader and a iphone , and a good local garage ,
brett.williams12 m ago

ah i just had this , the waterpump is on a different Aux on my car 1.7 Sri …ah i just had this , the waterpump is on a different Aux on my car 1.7 Sri Astra diesel . 11 plate local garage said 200£ and dont worry about waterpump you can change that later if it plays up . main vauxhall dealer masterfit said 216£ for cambelt only no tensioners and all the bolts ect ., then 420 for waterpump and cambelt , then when asked do i need change water pump and cambelt they said yes its advisable like i needed to change it cause its on same aux which its not , i would ring around local garages till you find one that knows what they talking about saved me 220£ i now got 220£ to spend on machine polish and after care and other things . for you own personal car , ring around and ask ,. some may say yes just to get money out of you ,. i cant believe a main dealer would tell me i had to change it or the engine would go bang if water pump went which is not true ,same dealer charged me 100£ for diag to just plug a stupid thing in to tell me a spark plug had gone . like seriously ., allow main dealer ., get your own OB2 and read the codes yourself and save yourself hundreds of pounds so yeah being yours is a 52 plate that is like end of 2012 right the water pump must be on a seperate aux and would have no effect on engine if goes ,. just dont rely on them , your better of on your own . armed with a 10£ obd2 reader and a iphone , and a good local garage ,


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