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Cambelt Change, Cost And How Long Should It Take?


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#1 Sinatra21

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:27 PM

I'm trying to work out the costs of a cambelt/waterpump change. I need to know if the average home diyer could do it easily enough (it's my daily too so can't really afford any cock ups). I do services, brakes etc but have neevr done anything this big. I also wondered how many hours it would take a noivce (how longs a piece of string comes to mind) and then how many it would take a specialist. The parts are about £80 and from what i have seen in old posts a speacialist will charge in the region of £200-250 for the change so doing it yourself represents a significant saving.

Has anyone had this done recently and can confirm the costs.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:37 PM

First time - a full day.

Specialist approx 3 hrs.

I do cambelts (exc pullys) for £99 as an example.

And remember you MUST use a good torque wrench and need to lock the crank to do it properly
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:44 PM

Got water pump and cambelt done recently. Got the parts from MX5 parts (130 ish iirc?) and paid my local mechanic about 120 to fit.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

Had mine done when I first got te car by my non-dealership mechanic and he charged 160 labour for the cambelt change, the waterpump, both rear discs and one rear caliper.

Depends who you go to I guess but you've got to trust them. In all honesty I was expecting about 200 for all that.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:57 PM

Where in the country are you? MX5motors charge £145 inc parts and labour.

And if Mark does them for £99 it is hardly worth getting your hands dirty at that price
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:12 PM

I concur with what most have said - the parts cost comes to roughly 100.

I did the waterpump, belt, pulleys etc etc which come in the kit, I also did the camshaft oil seals and crankshasft oil seal at the same time.


I was in exactly the same situation as you - done lots of service type bits before but never a timing belt.

Its not that hard. If you buy the Rod Grainger manual it is fantastic and goes through the entire process.

Well worth doing yourself IMO, can get it done in a day easy.

Juat make sure you have all the right tools etc first the manual covers this.

Extra things you may need off the top of my head are a decent Torque wrench, a long breaker bar, a couple of big adjustable wrenches are very useful to lock the cams off aswell.

Also, while your at it you may aswell do the base timing in which case a timing gun and some tippex or white paint is very useful.

If your relatively confident you can follow instructions and know your arse from your elbow then go for it (No responsility accepted on my part :D).

The useful thing that swayed it for me was that if you do get it wrong and get the timing out by 180 degrees or something, it wont lunch your engine like it would in many cars - it just wont run.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:40 PM

I agree, just did the job on Wed night (belt and water pump) took me about 4.5 hours, just follow the guides and take your time. 109 delivered for the belt kit and water pump from mx5parts..............
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:50 PM

As per all the above, its a straightforward enough task..

Where in the UK are you Sinatra? I'm sure there'll be someone local to keep a watchful eye while you get your hands dirty..
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:21 AM

First time - a full day.

Specialist approx 3 hrs.

I do cambelts (exc pullys) for 99 as an example.

And remember you MUST use a good torque wrench and need to lock the crank to do it properly



Well i actually live in Solihull so having it done by a professional could just be the answer. Just out of interest how much do you charge to do the belt, pullies and waterpump?

I'm a little worried that about the DIY route as i don't have a driveway to work on so it makes things more difficult.
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