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    Bit of advice for the astra mk4?

    I have a mk4 estate 1.6 8v. How often should it be serviced and at about what mileage should the timing belt be changed? It's on 64k miles now.

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    cambelt is 6years 60k and service it every 10k

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    Cheers alpesh

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    i would change the oild myself about every 4-5k

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    I'll keep a note of it. When I bought it, it had a full service and MOT, so my old man was just wondering before it's too late.

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    60,000? Is it different on the 8v engines then? It's 40,000/4yrs on the other engines...and very worth doing.

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    Apparently, the 8v is the only one with a cambelt interval some people risk to 80k, especially so since it usually doesnt do much damage if it DOES snap.

    Alot of people opt to do it every 40k especially so if its been driven hard/and or taken on alot of short journeys, and from what i've picked up its a pretty simple job to do, ive got the parts for mine its due now actually.

    You gonna carry on the services at VX?

    If not your gonna need,

    a timing belt kit (belt and tensioner)

    and its also sensible to do the waterpump at the same time

    also check what the temperature reads on your car, its a common fault for the thermostat to go and it be stone cold dead all the time, and the belt needs taking off to do the stat on the 8v.

    Aswell as the servicing, id clean your throttle body too it made the world of difference on mine when i done it, its in the guides somewhere
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    Cheers for the advice. My old man knows a few people who can do all that.

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