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Xsara Picasso cambelt inspection. 2.0HDI

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#1 Devonianfive


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 02:59 PM


We have just inherited a 51 plate 2.0 HDI. We have been told that the cambelt has just been changed but I have my doubts for various reasons and there is no receipt, garage name etc. Can't complain too much as the car was FOC with some MOT but 152K on the clock. Engine sounds good and runs lovely. Last known belt change was a Continental belt at 56K with water pump.

I'd like to check the condition of the belt and would appreciate any suggestions on where to get a look at the belt in situ.

Removing the top cover doesn't look particularly straightforward and alternative suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance. 

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 10:49 AM

Before you go too far start by checking the inner and outer door sills for rust. If that is OK- you have a result!

As you say, best to remove the top cover to get an idea of the cam belt condition. That said- I would budget for a belt/water pump kit.

Whilst there take a good look at the crank pulley for signs of 'rubber sandwich' going soft.

Also worth renewing the crank oil seal whilst you are there.

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