Timing belt - when to change?

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Hi, I'm after a bit of timing belt advice.
My wife has a 2003 C3 auto 1.4, we bought it 4 years ago with 40k miles and had the timing belt and water pump done then, it now has 60k miles.
In my Haynes manual it says every 40k miles for changing the belt but doesn't mention time, any thoughts please ?
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The timing belts will do 80k miles.

The Citroen service schedule says to change pertol timing belts at 80k

Haynes is over cautious, but with good reasoning.

The reasoning is that the cost if a belt is small compared to the labour charge of doing the work when failure can write off an engine.

The belt should be changed, along with the tensioner, idler and waterpump before 80k or 10 years of use. This is because bearing and belts start to show this age and although those parts may run well after 80k or 10 years, al least one of them will fail soon.
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Thanks for the reply, I am surprised at that interval by Citroen..
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kjharry wrote: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:38 pm Thanks for the reply, I am surprised at that interval by Citroen..
The technology for timing belts have really moved on. The diesel C3 from 2002 is listed at 150,000 timing belt change intervals :shock:
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