Jackaroo 3.0 diesel timing belt

Submitted: Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 15:03
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My 1999 Jackaroo 3.0 diesel has just turned over 200,000Km and the handbook says timing belt should be changed.
How crucial is this, should I get it changed immediately? Anyone any ideas on a good place to take it near Sunshine Coast Qld or am I at the mercy of the Holden dealer?
Have had vehicle since new and no major dramas, except am on third clutch which seems a bit excessive.
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Reply By: howesy - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:03

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:03
put it this way if it breaks it will cost you thousands of dollars in engine repairs and the belt replacement just under one thousand so calculate the risk.
Most decent mechanics can do this job for you get some quotes.
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:28

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:28
Hope you did it at 100,000 km or I am suprised it lasted this long!

Otherwise there is plenty of leeway if you go over the 200,000km mark but as already mentioned don't just ignore it or you will pay a hefty price when it breaks & the valves hit the pistons resulting in a trashed engine.

Any decent mechanic can do it & get them to replace the timing belt idler & tensioner pulley while they at it for extra peace of mind. Real easy to do while they have the belt off.
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:40

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:40
The 3.0 is an interference engine - the pistons will hit the open valves. A broken belt will leave not much change from the cost of a new engine.

While the timing cover is off also get them to change the twin alternator drive belts - they are a pig to shift and need to be "snapped" over the pulleys in an area with little space.

Any good mechanic can do it. Mine cost under $400 late last year (at a Holden dealer)


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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:43

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 16:43
Had the 01 3.5 petrol from memory required new belt at 160k, clutches were a problem with earlier models (also had a 3.2lt 94 model)

New belt, tensioners, and water pump cost around $1100 (inclusive of labour)
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 19:40

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 19:40
When *I did my timing belt the mechanic only charged me $400, reckoned the pump would do another 100000ks easy.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 09:10

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 09:10
Good point, just figured while it was all apart I'd get it all done
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