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Old 10-01-19, 12:30 PM   #1
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Recently I saw little bit of oil leak on the ground coming out of my car (4-5 drops within 24 hours) engine is nice and dry, when I took it today to my mechanic he said he can't do it today but there is a separate issue, your timing belt is cracked and need replacing, so my question is:

Is he just telling me porkies or if it's true, why the Halfords Autocentre didn't spot it, or is it not the part of MOT check?

I would be very grateful if anyone has any advice?

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Hi...belt condition is not part of the mot test although I dont know how he could tell as the cam belt is covered..I think he means the aux belt ,and yes they do age and show cracks in the grooves of the belt..no drama to change..the oil leak needs looking at to determine the severity.

ps as a reminder...the mot test means the car has met the minimum standards of the testable items at the time of the test...it has'nt had a major service
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Hi...belt condition is not part of the mot test although I dont know how he could tell as the cam belt is covered..I think he means the aux belt ,and yes they do age and show cracks in the grooves of the belt..no drama to change..the oil leak needs looking at to determine the severity.

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Hi noddy-hol,

I have double checked and you're right, he meant aux/drive belt, I checked on YouTube and it looks quiet easy to change it, is there any way it can go wrong by doing myself?

Thanks for the advice.
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Hi...no...its fairly staight forward...just draw the route the belt takes around the pulleys,and compere the length and width of the new belt before trying to fit it...
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Hi...no...its fairly staight forward...just draw the route the belt takes around the pulleys,and compere the length and width of the new belt before trying to fit it...
Thanks very much, I've just ordered one from ECP (gave reg no, hopefully is the right one) and will try and fit it as you adviced.

I'm very grateful for all the help and advice you give.
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While the belt is off,its always worth spinning the small pulleys by hand to check for any roughness or lateral play...
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While the belt is off,its always worth spinning the small pulleys by hand to check for any roughness or lateral play...
Will follow your advice, thank you.
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What engine is it


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It is 1.6 Hdi.
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Iíve had a few tensioner that te adjusters have broke off when retracting them just be careful


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