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    Hi all

    I Read somewhere that you should get this done at 47k. Now mine's done 75k - should I be worrying?

    My mechanic tells me there's two belts that need changing, it's a 7 hr job and the labour alone will cost 225!

    Does this sound right? Should I be changing my belt now?

    The car's at Ashcroft as I speak so I don't want any other unwanted maintenance bills at this time.
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    From what I can find out the cambelt should be changed at 60,000miles (I presume that it is a 1.8 litre K-Series?).

    Can't find LR prices, but MG's and Lotus cost about 400 at specialists.

    Seems to me only the VVC (used in MGs and Elise) engine has two belts... but I might be wrong.
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    Ring a Landy dealer to find out the service interval for the belt. If it snaps you will cause the valves to thump the pistons and shag your engine, plus possibly crashing. If it was due at 47k and you're on 75k I'd make it number one priority! However some engines are 'safe' and it can cause minimal damage.

    A couple of hundred notes is probably fair as they often need the water pump out first, etc etc. An old alfa of mine needed the radiator removing too to gain access. The other belt they mention is probably the power steering drive belt that is normally done at the same time.
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    An independant garage should be able to do a cam belt change for a couple of hundred some try to tell you the water pump is stuffed and swap that at the same time

    I've got a 300 disco and have the belt changed every 25k but thats me being over cautious

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    Quote Originally Posted by laalmarra
    An independant garage should be able to do a cam belt change for a couple of hundred some try to tell you the water pump is stuffed and swap that at the same time
    Been there got the t-shirt! "tsktsk the waterpump looks like its weeping and may go soon, as we're in there it would be best to change it too, you wouldn't want to......."
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    It's the 2.0 L-Series diesel.

    Thanks for the advice all - will push it up the priority list.

    Now need to sort the backbox out, add new glowplugs and collect from Ashcroft's with new VCU/IRD!
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    Funnily enough, I've just spent the last weekend changing the timing belts on my 2.0 'L' series Rover diesel. There are 2 belts on this, one drives the cam shaft from the crank and one on the back of the engine drives the fuel injection pump from the Cam shaft. It's quite a job as the engine needs to come off it's mountings to get access and this requires drive shaft removal etc.

    On the subject of replacement interval, for the 'L' series the official LR manual contradicts itself, in one section it says every 48k miles and in the engine section it says 84k miles, maybe th ewriter was dislexic !!

    However mine was changed by a LR dealer on the 48k service at a cost of 650, I've now done 131k (83k since last change) and decided it was time I did it to avoid a problem. When I took the old belts off, they are like new, no cracking or other indication of age but I guess it's better safe than sorry.

    I decided to combine this into a major overhaul and striped, re-shimmed the IRD, changed the clutch, the belts and glow plugs. One glow plug took almost all day to change as the fuel injection pump needs to be removed to get access. What a wonderful design!!!

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    Thanks Mike - wondering why I ever bought one of these in the first place!

    Just spoke to Kings Langley LR - 575 all in. They say it needs to be done on 48k and 96k and that the glow plugs should get done at same time as it's nigh on impossible to do no. 1 without removing fuel pump.

    And there was me buying a Haynes manual at the weekend thinking I could do the work myself (beginner mechanic)!
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    Another coincidence, apart from the fact that I did the belt change this last weekend, and yours is the 2.0 'L' series Rover diesel also. The dealer who did the 48k belt change/ service on mine was Chipperfield LR, very close to the dealer you mentioned. At the time I was living in Berkhamsted.

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    Mike

    Chipperfield own KLLR... they push their older stock through them (KLLR works on stuff 3+yrs old). Chipperfield now use latest diagnostic kit, so they can do everything C'field can but at about 100 cheaper.

    Where in S. Bucks are you? I cut through Berko this morning to get to Ashcroft in Markyate.
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    Oops, I meant KLLR now have latest kit...
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    That explains why a couple of years ago when I phoned KLLR and found myself speaking to Bob, one of the service guys I'd had dealings with at Chipperfield. I thought he changed jobs but in actual fact was probably just wearing a 'different hat'.

    BTW: I now live in Stoke Poges, not that far away really.

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    Mike

    Sorry, one more question, and seeing as you've recently changed your belts you can hopefully answer it. I'd like to buy the belt(s) and any other parts needed for the belt change. Please could you let me know what parts I need to search on Paddocks/Dingocroft for.

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    Bruce,

    I bought all three belts from Paddock spares as they were the cheapest, the third belt was the auxilliary drive belt (historically known as the fan belt but these days fans are electric). The only other item I needed to do the job was the Rover Diesel Engine Locking Set which includes the cam belt tensioner tool. I bought this for 31 from Justoffbase tools see:

    http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/s.nl/sc...t.A/id.7446/.f

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Mike

    Thanks a lot for that.

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