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147 Timing belt advice please?

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I was just wondering what advice people could give as to when I should have the timing belt/water pump replaced on my 147?

The previous owner had it changed at 60k in Feb/Mar 2011.

It now stands at 94k 40 months later.
The belt looks in great condition but I don't want to run risks

Thankyou kindly
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Diesal belt lives longer petrol one because of lower revs.
Timewice around 3 years, so you case I would replace just before winter.
Milagewice 60tkm for diesal looks OK. I am not sure which ( miles, kms ) you mean.
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Belts don't tend to be the issue on jtd, it's the water pump that seizes taking the belt out. Current recommendations is to change them around 55k (miles)/ 4 years intervals, I think.

Just changed mine as the pump had't been done 75k, and the pump was leaking through the bearings. Near miss!
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Its possible that the water pump was not changed at the last belt change. If you cannot tell from the paperwork then I would get the belt/pump done ASAP.

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Its not far from needing changing now but as has been said if the pump wasnt changed at the last belt change then it would be advisable to get it done asap.

Its an easy and hence quite cheap belt to change so get it done and enjoy the piece of mind. most garages will of done one as its the same engine in many vauxhalls and a few saabs, about 100 for parts and a few hours labour.
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I've got a TS 1.6 a couple of months ago and after 60 thousand miles the water pump disintegrated last week. The ngine dropped all the coolant but the timing belt didn't snap. It did melt its way through the cover as it was pulled over the edge of the cams, but never actually came off so I'm hopeful that the valves and pistons didn't actually meet.
I've fitted a new pump, timing belt, tensioner, idler, using the cam locks and finding TDC, but the blessed thing won't start. There isn't any obvious noise (I imagine broken and bent valves are noisy) and the engine seems to almost fire, but then doesn't quite manage it. I would welcome any suggestions.

If the head needs to come off, well the head needs to come off, but if there's something obvious I've overlooked I would prefer to try that first.
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