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Timing belt replacement

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Old 10-19-2018, 01:08 PM
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I was wondering what the book time is for doing the timing belt and water pump on my 2009 C70? Independent shop wants 1,100 to do the work. I am leaning towards doing it myself. I'm not a mechanic, but I am a retired bodyman and painter. Should I do this work myself or let the shop do it? I think the price is kind of high and am new to the area, so I don't know about shop reputation. Any input would be appreciated.
 
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:41 PM
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Book time for the timing belt is 3 hours. Add a little extra for the water pump and alternator belt. I can't see charging more than 4 hours.
 
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:53 PM
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plus you can price the parts in kits on sites like FCP Euro or EEuroparts. The water pump is not required, particularly if you are at the first 110K belt change. A Conti kit on FCP including water pump is $150. Volvo kit without water pump is also 150.
 
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:11 PM
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I bought the genuine Volvo kit that just has belt, idler and tensioner pulleys. Was only $120. Got the aisin water pump for $45. This is first timing belt change for the vehicle so I might opt out on water pump if it looks like a headache to change. Do I need to lock the cam sprockets down to do the belt change? That's about my only concern so far. Thanks for the input that I have received.
 
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:28 PM
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No need to lock the cams. The water pump should be fine at the first belt change. They aren't a common failure.
 
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:43 PM
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Thanks ES6T. That makes my job so much easier. I will save water pump for next timing belt change, provided I still have the car.
 
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:39 PM
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Got the timing belt changed on the 09 C70. It took about 5 hours. Actually, it was a pretty easy job. Thanks to those who gave me input. This forum is a great source of information. Thank you all.
 
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