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    Belts and water pump?

    So over the years I've learnt abit about my car and done quite a few things... Now I'd like to know something about the belts if anyone can help... As I know nothing.

    Theres a belt near the left hand side of the engine near the air box, is this the aux belt? Mine makes a noise and wondered if this is an expensive or hard fix?

    Also everyone keeps mentioning timing belt and water pump, is this something I should consider doing now the cars getting on abit.

    Any help appreciated, thank you
    Last edited by Arron D; 4 December 2019, 04:47 AM.
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    Hi mate,

    Yes the small one that you can see is the Aux belt, and it powers the alternator, waterpump and AC (if you have it).

    They are automatically tensioned so you shouldn't need to worry about it unless its stretched so much it squeals like a banshee - so unless its doing that or has visible cracks i'd leave well alone, like the water pump.

    If you do want to change it its fairly easy and they are cheap...you just need a socket a breaker bar to back the tensioner off so you can remove it....best to note the route of the belt first...and refit is reverse of removal.

    Timing belt is more complex with massive scope for knackering your engine but still fairly easy...the aux belt would need to come off to do the timing belt so if you are getting a garage to do that you can have the aux done for parts cost.

    What mileage/age are you on now?
    Last edited by u33db; 4 December 2019, 12:24 PM.
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    • #3
      Rough drawing of tensioner and where to put spanner to back it off;

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      • #4
        Ah hello mate hope your well

        It makes a noise different to what it did before but not squealing bad.

        I'm guessing the timing belt is under the plastic cover directly left of engine mate? Does that have a tendency to make a noise.

        Its on 72k mate 2010

        Thank you 😊
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        • #5
          Yeah not bad - was meant to be getting 2 tyres fitted today so i can get my 18s back on but Black Circles have sent the wrong tyres out!

          Yeah timing belt is under the plastic cover and stretches all the way down to the bottom pulleys as well....shouldn't make a noise unless its frayed.

          At that mileage i'd be tempted to get it done now as you are basically at the 10 year mark...better safe than sorry, especially if you need it for work etc
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          • #6
            Yeah mate I'm going to do it in the new year and get it out the way, I'm actually thinking of buying a cheap run around as I work far from home.

            Black circles been good to me normally, how come your putting wheels back on
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            • #7
              Similar reasons to yourself really - I want to get a cheap car again to use a daily.

              Theres nothing wrong with the VXR on its 16 inch winters but i feel its going downhill getting used everyday and i just don't have enough space in the single garage for 2x motorbikes, a corsa, a set of corsa 18" wheels, shelves etc.

              So i'm (hopefully) getting 2x winter 18" tyres for the original wheels so i can get them back on for this winter, flog the 16s then maybe i can get the Corsa inside and space on the drive for some daily shitbox next year lol
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              • #8
                lol your daily shitbox will be better than mine mate , im spending a 1000 max
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                • #9
                  I'll be about the same TBH, ideally less and as downmarket as i can get.

                  Ideally i'd like a 1.3D or 1.4 Corsa D but they're all still selling for over a grand up this way, and in fact most Corsa Cs are approaching that, if you can find one.

                  So it'll be something pretty ****!

                  Most likely base spec Astra H/Mk3 Mondeo/Mk1 or 2 Focus/Meriva...or better still a cheap van.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by u33db View Post
                    I'll be about the same TBH, ideally less and as downmarket as i can get.

                    Ideally i'd like a 1.3D or 1.4 Corsa D but they're all still selling for over a grand up this way, and in fact most Corsa Cs are approaching that, if you can find one.

                    So it'll be something pretty ****!

                    Most likely base spec Astra H/Mk3 Mondeo/Mk1 or 2 Focus/Meriva...or better still a cheap van.
                    yeah not bad choices them and im looking at similar , corsa c or fiesta . ill probably be going cheapest everyting so it be a 1.2 lol for insurance and tax purposes
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