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DIY Cambelt change or leave it to garage

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Von Maximo, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Von Maximo

    Von Maximo The Damned

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    As the thread title suggests I'm interested to see how easy this is achieve. Even though I'm not a qualified mechanic I'm more competent with general servicing and maintaining vehicles, although I've never replaced a cam belt. The main reason for this is to try and save money as I'm skint but the car is well overdue for one - Cam belt changed at 70k and now currently on 150k

    Has anyone knowledge of the difficulty or has an elsawin instruction manual?

    Thanks in advance
     
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  3. dex140

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    I toyed with the idea of doing mine! Ended up paying £250 from a VAG specalist instead as it was a very good price!
     
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    Put it this way - I wouldn't buy a car that someone had just had a go of changing the cambelt on. Unless you really know what you're doing, get it done by someone reputable, and get it stamped in the service book.
     
  5. Von Maximo

    Von Maximo The Damned

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    Fair play but it's a 2004 with 150k on the clock, part service history, tatty paintwork and probably only worth about £2k - so as I'm not intending to sell it I'd rather get the cam belt changed now than pay the concequences just because I'm worried about the resale value.
     
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    I suppose it does depend on the car, and if the history is already a bit patchy then it won't have the same re-sale effect doing it yourself. Sounds like you thought I meant to not get it done at all, that's definitely not the best option!
     
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    Its definately worth having a garage do it. For your own piece of mind at least.

    It could be messy if its not quite timed correctly :ohmy:
     
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    Thats a very good price isn't it?! Where'd you get that done? Best I've found is £315..
     
  9. RobinA3

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    You'll need to buy the looking tools which will set you back about £40.

    I sent mine to a specialist even though i was more than capable of doing it, i changed the timing chains on the wifes R32 on the driveway last year as it was a £2k specialist job but for the cambelt on the A3 i couldn't be bothered to save myself like £100 labour so i gave it to the specialist instead.
     
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    Thanks Robin

    If I can save £100 then I think it's something that I think I need to research a bit more! Are the any A3 specific guides on changing the belt out there?
     
  11. murran

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    where abouts are you? im in sheffield s5, ive got the tools and ive done two at work this week alone! a 55 plate caddy van and a 53 touran. be a nice little sunday job for some beer money?

    you get the bits.
    cambelt kit
    water pump
    aux. drive belt.
    couple of litres of g12 antifreeze.
     
  12. Von Maximo

    Von Maximo The Damned

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    I'm up in Barnsley so not a million miles away from you. I'll send a private message to you!
     
  13. dex140

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    From volkservice in Blackpool! Was an absoloute steal i think!
     
  14. murran

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    pm'ed you back mate. :)

    hopefully thats my sunday afternoon spoken for!
     
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    Have you checked what audi charge for it? They used to have it on a special offer.
     
  16. murran

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    doubt its as good as my £40 labour special offer! anyway its done now. :)
     
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    And top job done too! Looking at what was involved I'm glad I didn't attempt this on my own.

    Thanks for sorting this out John and was a pleasure to meet you!
     

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