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CAM Belt and Water Pump change

Markdleeming

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My dealer has contacted me recommending a cam belt and water pump change. A bit surprised about this has van has less than 33k miles on it and is 4 in Feb. Am I being conned or is this really neccessary as they are quoting over £550 to do the work?
 
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4 years or 120k whatever comes first get an independent garage to do it using genuine parts about £400
 
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If you do get an independent garage to do it, make sure to keep the paperwork. If you are ever selling the van in future, prospective buyers will want to know.

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VW Spain says 220,000km or 10 years. Have checked on forums here and that’s the usual practice, no problems. That’s a huge difference for the same motor. Is there any way to know what VW Germany recommends?
 
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I notice you have a T6 Beach 150.
Could it be that your dealer has spoken to you about a recent recall on cambelts - see below
 
Markdleeming

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No it was a routine email stating that as the vehicle is coming up to 4 years old that they recommend the cam belt gets replaced. When I rang to confirm they then also mentioned the water pump. Not due a service until Sep so they suggested it would be ok to have the work done then.
 
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When I rang to confirm they then also mentioned the water pump.
The water pump will probably be fine, but they suggest you change it as the part is relatively inexpensive compared to the labour element of the service required to change it on its own.

I think the logic goes something like - "while we've got the van in bits we could replace the water pump at the same time to save you money".

If it were me I'd pay the VW price and get it done. It'll look good on the service record and will be covered by the "Das Welt Auto" warranty thing for a further 2 years. An independent garage may save you a few quid but I can't see it's really worth the hassle on a vehicle like this.
 
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I thought they have to remove the water pump to get the cam belt off so when they're putting it back together they may as well put a new one in.

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When I had my cambelt changed under the recall, I was told that the normal price for cambelt and water pump was £475+vat.
I paid a discounted £75+vat for the pump, which they fitted for free at the same time as the recall cambelt.
 
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Just reminded me...
I bought my 7 year old van with 33k on the clock and no receipts to say it’s been done so, looks like I need to spend £400 on peace of mind


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I had my cam belt changed at the VW Dealers. I found a price locally which my dealer matched. VW say it must be a like for like written quote using genuine parts. Whilst the quote was for genuine parts it was on the internet but they did match it for me. If you can get them to price match the you will have the fully warranty on the parts and labour should the worst happen.
 
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VW Spain says 220,000km or 10 years. Have checked on forums here and that’s the usual practice, no problems. That’s a huge difference for the same motor. Is there any way to know what VW Germany recommends?
My Belgian California needs a new cambelt at 210000 km.
Have done 145000 so far, so nowhere near a new belt any time soon...
 
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My Belgian California needs a new cambelt at 210000 km.
Have done 145000 so far, so nowhere near a new belt any time soon...
In addition to the km requirement, is there a year requirement? The difference between between 10 years in Spain and 4 years in UK sounds like UK owners are being taken for a ride.
 
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I've been reading up on Caliboard.de and TX-board.de. In Germany it's 210,000 km, period. Users say 6 years is early and 10 years is late. In German forums, T5 is T5.1 and our T5.1 is their T5.2.
 
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Good evening.

Hm, changing a cam belt with 50.000 km? I can't imagine this. In all the years, with all the different cars from different car manufacturers this was always between 120.000 and 210.000 km. Looking back I can't even remember that there was a time suggestion for chaning, just the km.

I can't imaging that the VW Transporter needs this in this early stage done. Builder, craftsmen, couriers, emergency services (Police, fire brigade) would not accept that such an expensive repair, service needs to be done on the transporter.

At the end of this year I would get around the 50.000 km mark. Because of this I will check with VW Ireland and VW Nutzfahrzeuge Hannover what the offical recommendation is. I would be shocked if they confirm in an eamil that the cam belt should be changed after 4 years and / or 50.000 km.

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Eberhard
 
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i am amazed at the differences in Cambelt change intervals.
My 2.0 180bhp is 5 Year’s or 60,000 miles.
The cambelt on my wife’s VW 1.9 TDI Beetle is 4 Year’s or 40,000 miles.
It seems in Europe the intervals are much higher. It would in interesting to what the intervals are for other models in other countries.
 
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Good evening.

Hm, changing a cam belt with 50.000 km? I can't imagine this. In all the years, with all the different cars from different car manufacturers this was always between 120.000 and 210.000 km. Looking back I can't even remember that there was a time suggestion for chaning, just the km.

I can't imaging that the VW Transporter needs this in this early stage done. Builder, craftsmen, couriers, emergency services (Police, fire brigade) would not accept that such an expensive repair, service needs to be done on the transporter.

At the end of this year I would get around the 50.000 km mark. Because of this I will check with VW Ireland and VW Nutzfahrzeuge Hannover what the offical recommendation is. I would be shocked if they confirm in an eamil that the cam belt should be changed after 4 years and / or 50.000 km.

Regards,
Eberhard
Not sure where you got the 50,000 km from.
I had mine changed at 4 yrs and 80,000 miles or 128,000kms.
 
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