New purchase - immediate cambelt change or not?

1 month 3 days ago #194472 by Stirrups36
I just bought a TF with 45k on the clock. I can see in its life, it has had 2 new cambelts - at 14k and 27k (and HG at 21k).

That last cambelt was 10 years ago and then service records stopped. Everything is in good shape on the car - all fluids good, bodywork good, no rust, clean oil. There could have been another cambelt change, but I don't know.

Q. Do I wait until the new year for a cambelt change as part of a full service or do it now? I prefer using an MG specialist that can come to the house and there is a waiting list.

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1 month 3 days ago #194473 by rosey
Congratulations!
I had similar last year when I bought my TF with 52k on the clock. I think the change periods are 60k or 6 years which ever comes first. Mine is a 2004 and had HG changed in 2010 so I changed the cam belt, water pump and tensioner over last winter. Given that yours was done 10 years ago I would definitely get it done sooner rather than later. Relatively little cost compared to a new engine and peace of mind.

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #194477 by sworkscooper
I definitely agree with the above post . 6 years is the recommended time lapse for the belt and all the rest that goes with it . :yesnod:
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1 month 2 days ago - 1 month 2 days ago #194485 by mgtfbluestreak
If purchasing a tf with service history it still doesn't hurt to have a poke around inside the timing case for piece of mind...belts are one thing but if that tensioner never got replaced or that water pump...hey ho...I inspected mine on purchase..pump and tensioner plus alt belt...gets rid of nagging doubt....🤔
Even check the crank damper has none of this is mentioned when a service book gets stamped...nice to see a nice dry belt case with no contamination .

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1 month 2 days ago #194486 by talkingcars
Having had a cambelt fail on my wifes ZR160 as I pulled out of a junction and paying out £700 in repair costs I would get it done soonest if not sooner.


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