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Mike23n
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Cam belts

#1 Post by Mike23n » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:24 am

Hello, I have just bought a 2001 45 Impression S diesel saloon so I thought I would join the club. I also have a 1999 Rover 600 diesel and a 2000 Landrover Freelander diesel. For those in the know, all have the L series engine.
I bought the car on line but the dealer seemed OK and I went the 90 miles on the bus and decided to buy. It has cream leather seats, heated front, and a cream interior, outside dark blue. In total it has covered 71,000 miles. 2 previous owners, the first covered 41,000 miles in the first 3 years and the second covered 30,000 in 15 years.
There was some doubt about the last time the cam belt was changed, it was known that for the last 15 years the car had been serviced each time it was MOTed by the same garage so the dealer said he would check with them to get the actual date.
When he rang me after the weekend it was to tell me they could find no record of the belts ever having been changed. So I had been happily driving up the motorway at 70 mph, or thereabouts, and now I'm frightened to start it up to take it to the garage a mile up the road to get the belts changed.
As a question, do the tensioners need changing or are they just mileage related rather than years.

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Re: Cam belts

#2 Post by 1234dist » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:05 pm

When in doubt, do them all!

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Re: Cam belts

#3 Post by itcaptainslow » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:00 pm

It’s strongly advisable to change the tensioner as well. Shouldn’t be too expensive a job at a garage, they’re fairly easy belts to do!
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Re: Cam belts

#4 Post by Mike23n » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:41 am

Thank you for that. I'll change them.

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Re: Cam belts

#5 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:56 pm

Mike23n wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:41 am
Thank you for that. I'll change them.
Also - if your cam belt drives the water pump, then change that too. An old pump will be corroded and will be presenting resistance to the belt turning , potentially causing premature failure. A decent garage will always change the belt, tensioner and water pump.
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