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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #1 (permalink)
John Ellison
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S70 Timing Belt Change - UK Only

How much should I expect to pay for having the timing belt changed at a main
dealer? Quite frankly I don't trust any of my local independents to do it
right, and the nearest independent Volvo specialist I can find is about 30
miles away.

It seems to be as easy to take it to a main dealer 5 miles down the road...

Thanks

John


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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #2 (permalink)
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"John Ellison" <mail@tumulusfac.com> wrote in message
news:d0kkrl$gkb$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> How much should I expect to pay for having the timing belt changed at a

main
> dealer? Quite frankly I don't trust any of my local independents to do it
> right, and the nearest independent Volvo specialist I can find is about 30
> miles away.
>
> It seems to be as easy to take it to a main dealer 5 miles down the

road...

Whats the Mileage- i.e. is this the first or second belt change?

I would strongly recommend you have the water pump, tensioner, and idler
rollers changed at the same time, you may also require a new Aux belt, in
addition to fresh coolant etc.

At a dealer, using their parts its about a 350 job. It was ~280 for me at
a trusted local garage using OEM parts sourced from EuroCarParts on our 97
S70 at 70k miles.

Tim..



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"John Ellison" <mail@tumulusfac.com> wrote in message
news:d0kkrl$gkb$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> How much should I expect to pay for having the timing belt changed at a

main
> dealer? Quite frankly I don't trust any of my local independents to do it
> right, and the nearest independent Volvo specialist I can find is about 30
> miles away.
>
> It seems to be as easy to take it to a main dealer 5 miles down the

road...
>
> I forgot to add, the only potential fcuk up a garage can do which is

particular to this engine is re-compressing the tensioner ram.

Later engines went to a conventional spring tensioner in 97/98, but the
earlier ones with the ram must be re-compressed in a vice ****Very****
slowly- otherwise the internal seals can rupture rendering it unable to
correctly tension the belt. ~This is not obvious if the ram has been damaged
and you may have the belt fly off at a later date with a scrap engine being
the result.

You should allow 15-20 mins to do this - i.e. say 1/2 a turn of the vice
handle per minute.

If you do elect to replace the water pump, it takes some time (i.e. labour
's) to properly clean the gasket from the block face before fitting the
new pump.

Tim..


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