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Hi Does this model have a cambelt and if so, how often should it be changed? Is this a difficult operation?

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The 2.4 liter engine used in this car has a timing chain, chains last the life of the engine and are only replaced if they fail or during a full rebuild

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Do I chanage water pump when changing timing belt on 2002 lexus GS300?


Hi there,

Most Japanese designed engines have an internally mounted water pump, usually driven by the cambelt.

When we talk in terms of cam design, there are two types of engines: a) Interference and b) non-interference.

An interference egine means - if the cambelt were to break whilst engine is running, there will be major internal engine damage.
A non-interference engine means - if the cambelt were to break whilst engine is running, there will NOT be any serious internal damage to the engine.

Note: the GS300 engine (3.0L 6-cyl) is considered a Non-Interference engine.

So, one of the most critical compenents which MUST be changed, is the cambelt itself. Most manufacturers recommend changing this belt every 90,000 - 100,000km's (80,000 miles). If you have a non-interference engine, this period is not as critical, but should still be changed soon, to avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown whilst travelling.

The 2nd critical compenent is the Water Pump. The worst possible outcome of a failed waterpump, is your engine will suddenly drain of all coolant, resulting in serious overheating, causing serious internal damage to your engine.

Although there is no specified time to change the waterpump, a waterpump endures wear and tear like any component and lifespan can reduce rapidly beyond 100,000km's (80,000 mles). As the waterpump is situated next to the cambelt, it is a general rule to change out both cambelt and waterpump at the same time.

The majority of the cost to replace the cambelt, is in labor (ie opening the engine etc). If you choose to replace only one of these components, you will need to be prepared to pay for same procedure again in future, to replace the 2nd component.

Therefore, it can be more economical in the long term, to have both components changed together.

Hope this helps...


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you wont get much change out of £600,and that is with a kia main dealer(not much cheaper at quickfit)but they will be looking for anything that needs doing(thats how they make there money)..

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Volvo s40 late 2003 105000km. Extra service price


Hi,you should change cambelt pully(there is a bearing inside pully before it worn out completely,it will cause high friction and heat to burn out your bell and rattling noise).buy cambelt pully from the dealer then take it to the garage ask them to put it in for you (labor about 30.00 dollars)...the rest is ok to wait until 150.000 miles.
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Jetta TDI Coolant leak from behind tming belt.


hi from uk from the symptom/location you say water leak is coming from ? this is most likely to be the water pump that is leaking ? considering age/milage ? this is not uncommon however as the water pump is driven by cambelt this unfortunately means you will have to replace the cambelt and tensioner as well as the water pump it is policy never to use old belt/tensioner once disturbed for obvious reasons i'm sure you have heard stories of result of cambelt failure? and the serious damage caused to engine ? also if leak is serious? this will deteriate c/belt so advice you consider renewal asap cambeltkit +tensioner in uk casts approx under £45 and w/pump a little less you can obtain from most good motor factors/superstores avoid dealers this job is not too difficult diy with haynes or w/shop manual if you follow instructions and have tool kit hope this helps?

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Timing chain. Have had them go 200,00 miles without change, and sold vehicles still running good.

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Cambelt has gone in my 92 legacy, any special tools required to change it? is it a difficult procedure?


1st of all did it go with a bang or just not start? as far as im aware your motor is known as an interferance motor which if it went with a bang its a new motor or scrap the car, valves colliding with pistons. = write off.... but yes i wouldnt bother doing it yourself unless you get someone with ample knowledge, also you will need a universal pulley holder. the cams need to stay aligned while changing, also running off it is a water pump which you should also change, general cost for a full cambelt change is 1100 NZD over here.

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Hi we are changing the cambelt on a vw 1994 t4 transporter 1.9 turbo diesel and can't find marks on cambelt pulley etc - can anybody give us instructions?


crank marks are on flywheel--pull the cap off on top ov the box and u will c the flywheel,turn clockwise untill pointer lines up with a punch mark on flywheel.

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Cambelt


Hi, I'm not sure exactly what kind of help you are looking for, but is it possible that miles and kilometres are getting mixed up?

Of course km might be "kilometres" or it might be "thousand miles" if someone hasn't been careful with their words.

92,000 miles isn't far from 120,000 kilometres, and if there is any doubt it is always better to get the cambelt changed too early than too late - that's when you need to buy a complete new engine.

Hope this helps you. D.

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It could be an engine mapping problem. There should be a fault code generated by this incident.Take your car to a ford dealer to have it checked out. No engine = difficult steering and next to no brakes, not nice.

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