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With several posts recently mentioning recommended cambelt change intervals, it occurred to me that my 2005 Fiat Ducato (probably real age 2004 when it left the Fiat factory) is probably due a cambelt even though its only done 13K miles.
A quick call to Johns Cross and I was quoted £360 +VAT which seems quite a lot more than some people are quoting.
Having looked at my ebay manual on CD, it does look like quite an involved job requiring some specialised tools. I am quite a keen DIYer but this looks a bit too difficult a job.
As some of you seem to have tackled the job yourselves, how easy would you rate it on a scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (difficult)?
Also is £360 +VAT a reasonable charge for changing the belt kit? Any recommendations for garages in Mid Sussex area that would be cheaper?
Having had a cambelt break on a Ford Orion many years ago when it was less than a year old with less than 12K miles on the clock - lots of bent valves, I am a little paranoid - although that repair was done under warranty fortunately.
This was the subject of similar posting last week for a 2.8 engine.
By coincidence I had the cam belt on my 2.3 JTD changed last week. The job is listed in the garage data as taking just under 3 hours, and the cost of the belt kit CW cam and tensioner is around £132. So if you allow say £50/ hr garage costs, and most garages charge a higher rate, you can expect the job to cost around £285 + VAT. So the quote from John is about right.
I had a service and MoT done as well as the cambelt and my final bill was £532!!
if and when you can, get the job done in Europe!
Collected mine from workshop yesterday (as per another thread) Fiat 2.8 JTD, 2002, 56500 Kms. Full 60 K service and oil & filters change, new alternator pulley belt, new timing belt kit, all inc. Euro 382.
Actual timing belt kit cost quoted Euro 148.50 inc. IVA (VAT)
Labour costs Euro 110.00
I have just replaced the camshaft belt on my marine version of a Ford Fiesta diesel engine and that is a very simple beast. To be honest as a life time DIY person I would not advise you to "have a go" One of the problems you may encounter is the belt tension but I do suspect that this is done via an automatic belt tensioner unlike my Ford which needed a special tool (my fingers) Biggest problem is, .... if you make an A£$E of it, you are looking at £1000s to get the head off etc.
Cambelt and pulley kit was around £80 direct from the Auto Factor (on a cash trade account). My mobile mechanic did the fitting, took him around 4 hrs IIRC ("A" class) and total labour cost about £150 which included some servicing elements done at the same time (Oil change, fuel filter etc.).
It's a job that can be done without special tools if you're resourceful but not recommended for a beginner or anyone without double jointed fingers and arms. I did a 1.9 Fiat myself about 4 years ago but it's a job best left to a fit and agile young fella with flexible joints IMHO.
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