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Timing Belt Query - New RS250 2011 Owner


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Hey, everyone.

I have just picked up a RS250 2011 with about 156 K’s on the clock but there is no evidence of a timing belt ever being done so I am getting it sorted now to prevent catastrophic failure.

I got a quote from a Renault specialist up here on the Gold Coast and it has come back at a whopping $2,400. I know Renault’s are expensive to service but this seems incredibly out of proportion to what I have heard it costing other members.

Is the harmonic balancer really needed to be changed also?

I appreciate your advice.

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Thank you, everyone.

I had a feeling the price was quite high. I am not driving the car at the moment for worry that I may snap the belt and destroy the engine.

I have another mechanic who is going to look at it on Monday so hopefully they will provide me with a price much closer to the benchmark you have mentioned.

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I assume this A.R.T

If so, I found he was excellent to deal with , easy to talk to and very knowledgeable . I believe his pricing is using genuine parts sourced through renault locally therefor parts are expensive.

I had him do my AC compressor  and aux belt and tensioner on my rs250 but I supplied the parts and he was happy with that

I will be getting him to do the timing belt and water pump and tensioner, Which i will supply ( if he is happy with that again )  even though I have bought the tools to do it myself.

I wont be doing the harmonic balancer ( unless people here are saying that it necessary ) my car has 95k on it

Have a talk to him to see if you can supply the parts ( if you want to do that )

I ordered SKF parts from spareto, the complete aux and timing kit with every thing ( except crank bolt and harmonic balancer( dont know why I didnt order that )) was $250 au landed at my door and took about 5 days to get here

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6 hours at $120 / hour is reasonable, looks like they make a killing on the parts

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I think I might go down the path of ordering the parts and having the mechanic fit them (seems to be the most economical option here).

Is this everything I would need or do I need to add in the aux belt too? 

The description for the complete belt service kit seems to state that the aux belt is only included for the 172 Cup.

https://www.k-tecracing.com/show_product.asp?id=5730&appid=20

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I’m sure one of the guys who been around Renault for a while and done their own belts will comment but I think the Spareto option may be worth exploring.  I haven’t used them but they get positive comments on here and shipping times are quick.  There is also a supplier here in Melbourne (Parts of France) that has been mentioned in earlier posts that is another option.

Have a look here Fred in Brisvegas says he has genuine in stock imported from UK.  
Also search for other posts by @S2K (Cost of Timing Belt Replacement etc) as he mentions differences in kitss, shipping times from Ktec etc 

  

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On 03/04/2022 at 9:13 PM, Griff said:

Is this everything I would need or do I need to add in the aux belt too?

 

The aux belt needs to come off to to the timing belt, and shouldn't really be refitted. I'd do it.

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On 03/04/2022 at 9:31 PM, Rene said:

.  There is also a supplier here in Melbourne (Parts of France) that has been mentioned in earlier posts that is another option.

 

  

Parts of France is Ken who is at Alpine Affaire

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I ended up getting a local mechanic to do it on the Gold Coast. The place is called Mermaid Motors in Miami and I could not fault their service. 

The belt is Contitech, however, I am not 100% sure on the pump but they claim to have never had anyone come back with issues so I guess only time will tell.

Cost breakdown was:

• Timing Belt Kit - $380

• Water Pump - $140

• Aux Belt - $50

• Freight - $25

• Labour - $440

TOTAL - $1,035

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