G'day I have a 2002 Holden Astra City 1.8.
This is my first post on this site.
I have been reading many confusing stories and getting confusing advice as to when my beloved Astra (which I bought in June of 2010) needs the Cambelt and Tensioner Assembly replaced.
Holden tells me (and the Holden Astra manual says) replace every 60,000km or 4 years.
non-Holden dealer Mechanics tell me 60,000km regardless of age.
My Astra has now done 135,000km as of Feb 2011 and the belt was replaced at 117,011km during 2007. So that must mean, according to Holden, that means I need a new Cambelt and Tensioner assembly at a massive cost.
My question to you all is do I really need it done at 4 years? or could I squeeze out another couple of years? Eve
You see I have had it since June 2010 and have done 5,000km in it. Im expecting to do an average of 8,000km per year of ownership. This will be all predominantly city driving.
The Astra sat doing nothing for two months at the dealer last year whilst it was for sale doing 0kms. How could my Cambelt be wearing out during that time?
When should I get it done? Also is it vital to replace idler pulleys every 8 years or 120,000km? Holden seem to think so but my local mechanic told me its just a money making exercise and at 135,000km theres nothing wrong with them. (never been replaced).
Ive heard stories about water pumps needing replacement at the same time as all the above. Is that really vital to be done evey 4 years too?
Thank you sooo much for your replies.
From down under.