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  1. durhamred

    durhamred Member

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    Can anyone help me please.

    When is the timing belt to be changed on a 53 Plate 1.6 8valve Meriva? We've just bought the car and it only has 5300 miles on the clock now and I'm thinking come October 2007 it'll be 4 years old and its obviously done town / city driving only before we bought it (it came from Bristol) so will the belt need changing this year regardless of the low miles? Plus it'll now be subject to at least 100 miles per week.
    Cheers.
     
  2. in the bag

    in the bag New Member

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    8 years or 80k (which ever come first)
     
  3. Ruperts Trooper

    Ruperts Trooper Geriatric petrol-head

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    Hope it doesn't break before 80k, damage in 8v engines is 50:50.
     
  4. in the bag

    in the bag New Member

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    Thats alright the rockers will go first!
     
  5. Ruperts Trooper

    Ruperts Trooper Geriatric petrol-head

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    To clarify our obvous difference of opinion, when was this design change implemented? Which engine codes are safe?
     
  6. durhamred

    durhamred Member

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    Many thanks for your help. i think I'll arrange a change of belt late this year - after all a few pounds spent may just be safer than a knacked engine regardless of what Vauxhall say.
     
  7. Dynamic Dave

    Dynamic Dave Qualified lego bricklayer

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    Sorry, but I totally agree with Ruperts Trooper on this one. 40,000miles or 4 yrs. This also agrees with Vauxhalls change policy for ALL petrol cambelt engines, regardless of what the handbook specifies.
     
  8. Ruperts Trooper

    Ruperts Trooper Geriatric petrol-head

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    Don't apologise, there's no need!
     
  9. Boroboy

    Boroboy Well-Known Member

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    Yep,
    40,000 miles or 4 years, whichever comes first
     
  10. Delbert

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    Although I've never fully understood the 4 years business, other than a safeguard for lots of engine use with low mileage - like regular city traffic jams.

    Would - say - someone I know who does 800 (yes 800) miles a year for shopping need to change their cambelt after 4 years, with only 3,200 miles on the clock?
     

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