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Cam belt change- Main dealer

Hi guys, if the car has been serviced by a main dealer(service book stamped) up to 55k miles, does that mean they did the cam belt and aux at 36k, or will it say somewhere? How can i tell if the belt has been changed at all?

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Call the dealer, they should have a record on their systemn of it being done......
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Hi guys, if the car has been serviced by a main dealer(service book stamped) up to 55k miles, does that mean they did the cam belt and aux at 36k, or will it say somewhere? How can i tell if the belt has been changed at all?

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Do you have the invoices or just the stamp? You could try ringing the dealer up and seeing what they have on record, but they only officially changed the service schedule in December 2006 or so, so chances are it hasn't been done..
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changed the service schedule- is that when it went from once in 60k, to once after 36k and once after 72k?
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Re: Cam belt change- Main dealer

it changed from 72k to 36k.

in most examples like this the belt hasnt been changed, which is odd because most dealerships love any excuse to do more work on your car.
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The book originally said that at 36,000 miles it would have been removed and inspected, but changed at 72,000

I would bite the bullet and get it changed, its simply not worth the risk IMO.
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I'd second that, I've never had any car that I would trust doing more than 40k before changing, regardless of what the manuf says. If I buy 2nd hand, I do it within a couple of weeks along with a big service........prevention is better than cure (and cheaper!!)
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Rung dealer as suggested, cam belt was changed at 42k when the 45k service was done early. Thanks for all the advice.
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The old cam belt problem.....but is it always the belt? My 155 had a full ARSH but suffered a calamity when ticking over. It was the cam belt tensioner which broke up, so when the cam belt is changed in compliance with the service schedule should the tensioner be included as standard, or do some garages skimp on this?
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The tensioners should be changed along with the cambelt. If they don't do it then they deserve to be shot.
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JimmyC22, make sure that the tensioner and idle bearing were changed at the same time as the cambelt. The dealer should be able to provide a print-out of the work done when the car was serviced. If not changed then real trouble could be looming on the horizon - more often than not it's the tensioner/idle bearing that fails, causing the belt to slip and then BANG!!!
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