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Vivaro - Timing Chain or Cam/Timing Belt

Discussion in 'Movano and Vivaro Commercial Vehicles owners forum' started by ChariVanMan, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. ChariVanMan

    ChariVanMan New Member

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    Hi there

    I'm new on here & this is my first post, so I hope I've posted my question in the right place. I have done a search to see if my question has cropped up before but I can't find it, so here goes:-

    I have a 2007 (07 plate) Vivaro van, 2.0 diesel & I seem to be getting conflicting answers when I have enquired online, but I'm led to believe that this year/engine has a Timing Chain rather than a Cam/Timing Belt. Can anyone please confirm definitely whether this is correct or not?

    Also, I have been told that the timing chain, unlike a cam/timing belt, does not necessarily need replacing at a certain mileage (my van has done just under 79,000 miles) & in fact, so long as the oil (being synthetic oil) & filter are changed annually, the timing chain will normally last for the life of the engine and should never need replacing. Obviously I don't want to go to the expense of replacing it if it is not actually necessary, but I also don't want to risk leaving it if the information I have been given so far is incorrect. Again, can anyone please confirm whether the timing chain does need replacing or not &, if so, at what mileage should this be done?

    I hope someone can advise me correctly & I'm sure that on a Vauxhall members forum I should get a more accurate answer than simply readin up on it online.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Adrian
  2. Fire26662

    Fire26662 There can be only one.

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    If you are 100% sure you have the 2litre CDTi M9R engine, it is a chain.
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    jonp40210 Active Member

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    as above , if its the 2.0 then if def chain
  4. ChariVanMan

    ChariVanMan New Member

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    Many thanks guys, it sounds like it is a chain then.

    Do you know whether a chain is supposed to last the life of the engine or whether it should be changed at some point, & if so, at what mileage?
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    jonp40210 Active Member

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    i dint know anyone who changes a chain, thats the whole point it it being chain so u never have to change it
    look at it this way, how often do you change a bike chain ! never.
    reguards jon
  6. ChariVanMan

    ChariVanMan New Member

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    Thanks for that & when you put it like that it does make sense. Used to have a Renault Espace a couple of years ago though & I was told that the timing chain on that was due to be replaced, because of the mileage. Looks like I was told wrong by the garage, & wasted my money. Grrrrr!

    I really appreciate you confirming this with the Vivaro though.

    Cheers

    Adrian
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    jonp40210 Active Member

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    i susspose if the van had hundreds of thousands of miles i could prob understand it but aa vivaro struggle to do 50000 without no problems. keep it serviced and look after it as they can be a right illegitimate offspring
    no worries jon
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    As it happens i had a Audi A3 3.2 V6 which stretched its chain at 40k miles and it cost me £5k to get it put right so its not a silly question !! It took Audi a week and £2k to diagnose the problem !!!!!!!!!
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    On your trafic 2l eng code m9r certainly has a timing chain and the answer to your question is chains are more problematic than timing belts. Vauxhalls use chains on 2.2 diesel vectra's. which snap often vw use chains on the diesel polo. The chains on trafic's are prone to streatching altering the timing Hth Regards Mickeybo

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