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    Not certain if this is the correct forum but here goes.
    I have a Citroen C5 2003 HDI, 186000km and am not certain if the time belt requires to be replaced. I am the second owner. Is there anyway that one can check if this needs replacing. Also where can one go to in Sydney NSW where they know what to do on this car. In other words mechanics that are familiar and know how to work on Citroen C5 cars, without charging like wounded bulls . Tx

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    It's old enough, but the interval is also determined by kilometres travelled. You can't tell by looking unless it's already damaged. Do you have a service record book?

    As for workshops, where in Sydney are you? It's a big place. When you do the belt, always replace the water pump at the same time.

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    The more I read about timing belt replacement intervals, the more confused I get C6 timing belt change

    If your manual is the same as ours, then it should be on its 4th belt! (every 4 years).

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    Find out when it was last changed. If you can't, assume it may need to be changed soon. Some mechanics will mark the engine or engine bay with a change mileage, so have a look around the RH end of the engine if you don't have any service records to go by. It's usually sensible to change the water pump at the same time.

    Peugeot usually went with a longer interval than Citroen opted for, even with the same engine. Different importers with different ideas about service and I guess it was largely the Citroen importer taking a more conservative view for our market. PSA stipulate different service intervals depending on the expected operating conditions and use. Australia has such a range of climate extremes, that a one-size fits all policy will always have a few problems. If you are game, maybe consider the longer Pug change intervals that applied to the complementary Pug model when working out how often you should change the belt.

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    Hi we have a 2007 HDI C4 its book says 5 years 100000k, we also have 2008 HDI C5 book says 4 years 80000 K and it lists the C4 also as 4 years 80000 K. If you look at UK sites (C4 owners forum) you will find 100000 "miles" and 10 years !!!!! So who knows !!!!
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    David S has already mentioned it. When Ateco distributed Citroen they took the view that usage was harsh. The Peugeot people were less strict. After Sime took on the job for both makes, the times and distances became the same for the same engines. Presumable Inchcape will have the same view.

    Belts have changed too, on later engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    When Ateco distributed Citroen they took the view that usage was harsh.
    Wouldn't you have to take some account of engine size and vehicle use before you could conclude that usage for all was harsh? Ours (3.0L HDI) rarely revs above 1770 rpm (actual revs at 110 kph).

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    No logic is there. I used to run a Mitsubishi Challenger PA .. 24 valve single camshaft per bank 3 litre petrol 6...local belt replacement was recommended at 100 K, yet in the USA where the identical vehicle was sold ...IF the vehicle was bought in California the timing belt would last to 160 Ks. The reason was legislation that ensured the owner would not experience a large expense service demand inside the 160 Ks.
    Mitsubishi must have fitted superior belts for vehicles sold in California.

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    Save your dollars, just change the belt.
    If valves overlap, then you will be up for many more dollars
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