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    Cambelt - can they be re-used at very low mileage?

    If a cambelt has only been fitted for 500 miles and needs to be taken off, is there any life re-using it or should it be replaced due to being tensioned etc when fitted?

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    i dont see why it couldn't because they dont get massivly tight.

    personally i wouldnt reuse it because the belts aren't that much price wise but a new head will be

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    There is a used belt setting on the belt tensioner so yes.

    Only about £20 for a new one though

    500 miles I'd probably use closer to the new belt setting.
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    yea i dont see a problem with that mate providing you have been careful with it it should be fine

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    I thought the belt was towards £100 or is that just the full cambelt kit with rollers etc?

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    The info i got on the cambelt (just the belt & not the kit) from the T/C site is:

    1.4 16v/1.6 16v/1.8 16v 24451895 £32.30 £27.50 £21.78
    1.6 8v
    90531677 £18.30 £15.59 £11.83

    Final price being the T/C price obviously

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    as a good rule if you use it back it should go back on in the same way that it was (rotation that is ) dont spin the belt around . somthing to do with forces acting upon the belt and being (broken in ) in that direction .

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    As long as it is still clean and not contaminated with oil you should be ok

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    not worth the risk for something that cost a few quid and if it fails can go into many hundreds

    put ur hand in your pocket and get a new one

    even a belt that has done 60k can look new and undamaged but it IS weak

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