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    cambelt change

    hi all starting to think about a cambelt change on my 18t sport ,just done the turbo with no probs ,just wondering what kind of job is to do the cambelt ,if anyone has some hints and tips and a ruff price on parts i would appreciate it thanks

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    very easy job, you can get full kit of ebay for 100 inc tensioner
    theres only two points to line up, ive done two and i each time ive marked belt with tippex then transferred marks to new belt to be sure everything is still as it was (also there are a few belts available so it confirms youve got the right one)

    and dont pull pin out of tensioner before fitting (like i did to see how strong it was) you need a vice to put it back in!
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    thanks mate for the tips ,is it better to take the front of the car off or just get it into service mode ,also how long did it take .
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    Personally i would remove the front for proper access, especialy as it is your first time. Its a few hours work, maybe allow a day, and take your time. You can maybe give her some fresh oil and plugs etc when you are in there

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    is this the time to change the waterpump ? if the waterpump went later would it all have to come off again ,just a bit off preventive maintenance ,mark dont forget i only did the turbo last week so no need for oil change just yet i hope mate

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    id agree with mark, better in the long run to remove front and see exactly what your doing
    took me a good few hours but spent an hour trying to remove 1 bolt after some twit rounded the socket head and then re used it

    youll need some torx bits, 5+6mm allen bits and a (think it was 19mm) 12 point socket to turn crank
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    front would have to come out to change pump but cam belt doesnt i dont think, some people would recommend it especially if you were paying someone to do it but i wouldnt unless it was suspect
    good time to add a poly snub mount though
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    On the B5 1.8t the WP is seperate to the timing belt and can be done with a fiddle from below/above. I would however consider changing it for the few quid it would cost.

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    I did it the other way round, my water pump was snafu so I thought I might as well do the cambelt while was at it.

    Not a fun job but anyone with common sense and a bit of space to work in shouldn't find it a problem. Took me about 6 cups of tea and a bottle of Hoegaarten.
    Last edited by audinary; 16th September 2009 at 17:24.

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