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    Cam Belt Change?

    Hi guys, I know that the belt needs changing every 40k or 4 years but what side effects occur if it's not changed? I know if it snaps the car is pretty much done for. I've got an mk4 1.6 16v sxi.

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    You have answered your own question. If its not changed - it can snap, simple as.
    Snapped = bent valves + other damage as well no doubt

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    tbh your being silly if your risking not changing it. same goes for the waterpump, should be changed at the same time really. your looking at £500 if your belt snaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macka09 View Post
    Hi guys, I know that the belt needs changing every 40k or 4 years but what side effects occur if it's not changed? I know if it snaps the car is pretty much done for. I've got an mk4 1.6 16v sxi.
    well it depends how much you wanna spend?

    £50 for the cambelt kit and DIY it in a couple of hours max

    £200ish from a garage

    or a hell of alot for a new head + pistons not including the time it'll take for a garage to do it

    I have known cambelts last for ages and i am talking over 100k miles , but its not even worth entertaining the idea that your cambelt will last anywhere near that.

    Manufacurers reccomend that you change it for a reason.

    saying that if it goes bang its a good excuse to drop a bigger engine in it i guess :P

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