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Post by ElNumbre on Tue 5 Apr 2016 - 11:34

Morning All,

I'm considering purchasing a Wind as a weekend car, but doing some research it looks like according to Renault, they're pretty much all due a cambelt change for age (5 years), rather than miles (60,000).  I've been and looked at three cars so far, but none have service records of their belts being changed.  Having had my old Megane eat itself due to a cambelt failure, I'm quite keen to ensure this is sorted.   Does anyone have experience of getting it changed?  I'm probably looking for a 1.2 variant but wondering what the cost would be for getting it changed if anyone has any experience.   Has anyone had a cambelt failure in their Wind?
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Re: Cambelt Change

Post by Barbs on Tue 5 Apr 2016 - 11:51

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Post by Barbs on Tue 5 Apr 2016 - 12:02

I might be shot down here i think its 72k or 6 years.  But can't remember anyone on here mentioning it.  As Knebby has the car with the most miles on it he might know.
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Post by Araf on Tue 5 Apr 2016 - 23:06

Barbs wrote:I might be shot down here i think its 72k or 6 years.  But can't remember anyone on here mentioning it.  As Knebby has the car with the most miles on it he might know.

Clever girl. Smile

Renault do generally sat 5 years / 60k, but the specific Wind recommendation from Renault is 6 years 72k miles.

The Renault electronic manuals are pretty good. 

http://www.e-guide.renault.com/portail/eguide/?&lang=ENG&pays=gbr&car=1


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Re: Cambelt Change

Post by ElNumbre on Tue 5 Apr 2016 - 23:17

Thanks for the advice.  Won't have to panic for 12 months then if I can get a 2011 car.  Whilst I'll probably think about getting it done in the autumn or whenever the next service is due.

...and thanks for the welcome.
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Post by knebby on Wed 6 Apr 2016 - 6:58

Hi

Yes, I had mine donevaroundvthev70/80,000 mark. It was a few years now and I had it done by a dealer along with a service as it was still under warranty. I can't remember the cost but it'd be cheaper at an independent.

And thanks for the reminder, its due another one now.
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Post by Barbs on Wed 6 Apr 2016 - 9:23

Keeping up the tradition of being a stalker... (Araf) where will we find the new Wind when you buy it.
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Re: Cambelt Change

Post by colin565 on Thu 7 Apr 2016 - 15:22

You may consider doing a deal to get a Wind and a discount price for a cambelt change at the same time from a dealer with a workshop that knows what they are doing. 

Just say at the end of negociations, I would not want this car without a cambelt change, what deal can we do  Very Happy

I would estimate a cambelt job is around £300 to £500 in todays money depending on workshop (independant or Renault), going by my neigbours Megane who paid £450 last year at Renault for a cambelt change.
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Post by LukeC on Thu 7 Apr 2016 - 16:16

I would expect to pay a minimum of 400 for a belt change; unsure if the engine needs shuffling like on the twingo 133

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Post by colin565 on Fri 8 Apr 2016 - 10:00

Bad news and costly if Wind 1.6i engine had to be lifted up for access just to fit a belt (1.6i same engine as Twingo 133).

I assume Twingo 133 engine compartment is too tight which is a real bad design. Maybe Wind engine compartment is wider for access, we hope. Looking at it I am not too sure.
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Post by pshav on Fri 8 Apr 2016 - 23:47

Mine is due a new cambelt in November. When I bought my 1.2 Dynamique last September the independent garage but Renault specialist quoted £299 all in. Sounded cheap compared to when my Saab had a cambelt change.

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Re: Cambelt Change

Post by colin565 on Fri 8 Apr 2016 - 23:53

Yeh, £299 begins to sound cheap nowadays Very Happy
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Post by LukeC on Sat 9 Apr 2016 - 0:01

On my Twingo GT 1.2 TCEyou could just take the wing off and it was easy enough

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Post by Barbs on Fri 17 Jun 2016 - 12:01

@Ryoukodragon  I think your answer is here. Mine will be due next year 11 plate.
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Re: Cambelt Change

Post by Dr@gon on Fri 17 Jun 2016 - 12:32

Yep thx Smile
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Post by tabascouk on Sun 19 Jun 2016 - 8:43

Hi everyone wondered if you could give me some help as I am pretty clueless about the mechanics of a car. I keep seeing members going on about a cambelt change. My car has 22k on the clock is a 2010 plate but was first registered in 2011. It is coming up to 6 years however has low millage. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Post by colin565 on Sun 19 Jun 2016 - 12:56

Its the sixth year for changing the belt irresoective of mileage.

With that  low a mileage you could take the risk and leave it for a year or two, but its up to you. 

I lost my belt on a Nissan Micra many years ago and it was a lot of money then for replacing bent valves.

The 1.2i is around the £300 mark for belt change, and its changed in situ.

The 1.6i is dearer, and we still do not know if the engine has to be lifted up to get to the belt, if so it will be a lot dearer. (I have the 1.6i)  Shocked
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Post by tabascouk on Sun 19 Jun 2016 - 19:19

colin565 wrote:Its the sixth year for changing the belt irresoective of mileage.

With that  low a mileage you could take the risk and leave it for a year or two, but its up to you. 

I lost my belt on a Nissan Micra many years ago and it was a lot of money then for replacing bent valves.

The 1.2i is around the £300 mark for belt change, and its changed in situ.

The 1.6i is dearer, and we still do not know if the engine has to be lifted up to get to the belt, if so it will be a lot dearer. (I have the 1.6i)  Shocked
Thanks Colin565 to be quite truthful if I look after my car then it will look after me. This also happened to one of my friends on his Escort years ago. The ammount of money he had to shell out to get it fixed was unreal and a lot more than the 300 quid. I will get it done next Easter when it is it's 6 years. Thanks again for your advice.

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Post by Bullyboy on Mon 4 Jul 2016 - 20:12

If anyone has had this done can they keep the thread alive just bought mine and its 5 years old at the end of July with 41,000 on the clock but I will obviously get it done next June but just interested in actual costs and experiences  when people get it done. Cheers
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Post by Barbs on Mon 4 Jul 2016 - 20:54

Hi Paul I think a lot of us will be at the same stage at the same time.
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Post by Bullyboy on Mon 4 Jul 2016 - 21:13

Maybe demand will outstrip supply of the belts in 2017......
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Post by Barbs on Mon 4 Jul 2016 - 21:22

Hopefully the Twingo will be the rescue for us then.
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Post by Dr@gon on Wed 6 Jul 2016 - 17:05

mine is due this time next year Smile
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Post by Barbs on Thu 7 Jul 2016 - 8:14

Dr@gon I like the new name.
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