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DavidN

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul, 2011 10:02 am Reply with quote
I would appreciate a comment on this one from any Peugeot engineers listening in, please. My 207 is a 2006 1597cc Sport  with the old 110 BHP engine. It has done 25,000 miles. Should I get the cam belt changed to be on the safe side? The Haynes 207 manual suggests every 3 years or 40,000 miles - which I suspect is a much shorter interval than the dealer service schedule. Thank for your help. David.
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Re: Cambelt Change

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul, 2011 2:01 am Reply with quote
I'm quite paranoid about timing belts, when they were first invented by Ford and Vauxhall back in the 1960's, the assertion by the manufacturers  that they were designed to last the lifetime of the vehicles' engines was soon proved to be rather over-optimistic, and breakages were commonplace at around 70K miles with most garages kept busy doing engine overhauls replacing bent valves, and to a lesser extent, holed pistons and bent con rods, depending on the engine speed when the breakage occurred.
     the simple answer to your question is, if you have any concerns about your timing belt, renew it before it takes a big bite out of your wallet, even if the mileage on the engine is much less than the manufacturers' replacement recommendation, the rubber ( I think it's actually neoprene) still deteriorates with age and constant exposure to extremes of temperature within the confined engine bay.
    It's also good workshop practice to renew the tensioner and any idler pulleys at the same time, nowadays most are made of plastic, which also suffers from temperature ranges between hot and cold, becoming brittle and disintegrating with the usual expensive consequences.
    Hope this points you in the right direction......Mike.
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DavidN

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul, 2011 5:42 pm Reply with quote
Thanks Mike and for the additional information on the tensioner and pulleys. I am sure you are right and I will get it sorted with the next major service next month. This car has been 100% reliable so far (famous last words) Let's see if we can keep it that way. David.
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