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tiacoco | 19:09 Tue 07th Feb 2023 | Motoring
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Have a vauxhall crossland x 2019 with 34,000 miles.
Just had it MOT and service however mechanic has said that timing belt has small cracks in it and said it needs replaced.
Is this normal as i thought timing belts lasted about 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
Said would need to go eleswhere as they dont do this,
Any thought on this as regards to contacting vauxhall customer services to see if they will repair free of charge as surely this is a fault and not wear and tear.


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There seems to be a well-known problem with the wet timing belts in Puretech engines (which are used in many cars from the PSA group, including Vauxhall Crosslands and Grandlands) breaking up. e.g. see here:
Since the garage is not offering to replace the belt, it is a fair bet that it is a genuine piece of advice from the mechanic.

Although I’m not familiar with this engine, MOT testers are not permitted to remove parts of the vehicle for their inspection – so you should be able to observe the condition of the belt yourself, but you might have to look from underneath.

If it was me, I’d take the car to a Vauxhall main dealer and ask their advice, then act up if they said it needed replacing after such a short mileage (although my old Mondeo had a recommended cam belt life of 80,000 miles or five years, whichever came first).
Pretty sure a wet timing belt is an internal component not visible without taking the casing off.
Apparently, Zacs, the timing belt on a Puretech 1.2 engine can be viewed through the oil filler cap. That's what this guy says anyway, right at the start of his video:
Ah, ok.
Get an electric car. Most of these maintenance issues immediately disappear.
...only to be replaced by range anxiety, finding a charger and 'only' waiting half an hour for the magic to happen.

What a situation we've manufactured for ourselves.
I wouldn't change back to an internal combustion engine.
Wait until the battery in Hopkirk’s car gives up and he finds out a replacement will cost over £12,000; or some part fails within the integrated motor/control system necessitating a complete replacement for a similar fee – will he still be singing the praises of electric cars?
hopkirk will be ok for battery life
on the web "EV batteries are projected to last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles, or about 15 to 20 years."
way past the cars normal life span
I've only leased it for four years. However Nero is right. Early EVs had limited life batteries, but technology keeps improving.

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