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[Astra Mk5/H] [04-09] Astra 1.8 sri cambelt changing interval?

Discussion in 'Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Meriva, Adam, Agila, Tigra & Nova [Includes AstraVan & ComboVan] owners forum' started by Boroboy, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Boroboy

    Boroboy Well-Known Member

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    My mate has just bought a 55 Astra 1.8 sri 3dr. Has covered 81k. What's the official cambelt changing interval? Should it be 60k? No history. I'd change it to be safe.
    I have 57 Astra 1.6 vvt, 100k changing interval. I know that was revised on the vvt's. Old eco's 40k, then 60k. I think.
    Thanks.
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    100K seems way to high for a milage service interval to me?

    The old ecotec engine service interval was lowered from 80K or 8 years to 40K or 4 years due to so called premature cam belt failure.
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    XEP as opposed to XE engines (certainly my 1.6 XEP) are 100,000 miles or 10 years whichever comes first. Wider, stronger belt and not running the waterpump as well was what my dealer told me.
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    Checked with Vaux, 100k for the newer vvt's.
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    They must have also redesigned the pulley bearings as well then? as pulley failure used to be a problem
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    Yes, presumably. I know on the older eco's it used to be 40k. Vaux must have upgraded their kits on the vvt's. Which is better news.

    My upper, inner drivers side door seal gone again on my 57 Astra. Had it changed under warranty (not manufactures), at dealership in Jan. May chase that up, see if they give a year on repairs. If not, will change it myself.

    May get some more info on the 55 1.8sri cambelt changing intervals. At a guess, I think 60 or 80K.

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    Compare the cost of fitting a new belt to the cost of repairs if it snaps. Even if they claim a 100k life, at 80k/5 years I'd be changing it for piece of mind.
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    Yep I would go along with that thinking(y)

    Sounds more of a sales ploy to give the impression of cheap servicing costs.

    I also run a Renault Scenic cambelt service interval is 70,000K or 5 years. I have now repaired 3 16 valve Scenic engines due to cam belt failure. On 1 the belt had snapped and the other 2 suffered from guide roller failure. Damage to all 3 was the same majority of all valves bent. All three cars where under the 70,000k interval 55,000K, 65,000K and 66,000K but where all over due from 2 to 4 years.
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    Yes cambelt changing intervals only a guide, lot depends on driving styles too. I have always changed my cambelt before manufactures guidelines. As a precautionary measure on my mk4, also changed water pump too.
    Just wanting official changing intervals for 55 1.8sri.
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    I have already advised him to change cambelt kit, as he does not know previous history. He was just wanting to know official changing intervals.

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