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Scoops   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 06:21AM
Member No: #4366
Joined: Jul 03 2008
Location: Bucks
I'm sure this may have been done before, I did do a search and only really found stories of belts breaking!

Any road, mine is screaching like hell on start up, and more so now it's cold. I have been advised by my local Citroen dealer that it needs changing but I refuse to pay £77 + VAT to have it done. Especially as the belt is only about £10!

How do-able is it? Can any one advice and give some tips and hints? I gather that one should remove the O/S front wheel and splash guard....

Thank you.
C6 Dave   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 07:03AM

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
Had mine done by a local Citroen Specialist as I didn't fancy scraped knuckles

It was done when he changed tyres and another couple of jobs so can't be exact on the cost but far less than what you are quoting

It wasn't noisy, just showing signs of hairline cracking at 80,000 miles so was precautionary
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BigJohnD   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 11:15AM

Member No: #82
Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake
Details of the job in Technical Help section. - Click Here -

A couple of tools are required for re-tensioning the belt, and yes, the RH front road wheel and the protective plate under the engine need to be removed for access.

I can't find the standard job time, but it must be at least half an hour plus parts and VAT.
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C6 Dave   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 12:51PM

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
OK I forgot to look in the Technical Guides

Petrol Or Diesel?

There are a few differences.

The section BJD is referring to is a section of Technical Guides available to download Free to Premier Members only - Click Here - Premier Members can also request specific guides to be added as required.
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BigJohnD   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 01:25PM

Member No: #82
Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake
I uploaded the DV6TED4 diesel version a few hours ago, and yes there are several variations depending on engine size, fuel, FAP, A/C, &c.
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Scoops   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 01:34PM
Member No: #4366
Joined: Jul 03 2008
Location: Bucks
[%*^#@!]! should have mentioned 1.6 diesel with air con. 2007 VTR+ model.
C6 Dave   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 02:43PM

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
Scoops wrote ...

[%*^#@!]! should have mentioned 1.6 diesel with air con. 2007 VTR+ model.

Well They are all there now. BJD reminded me to add some more - they include with and without Air Con but for a specific car it requires a VIN to search
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BigJohnD   
Thu Dec 04 2008, 04:58PM

Member No: #82
Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake
The time allocated to replace the belt is 0.8hr.
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gmerry   
Thu Aug 04 2011, 03:29AM
Member No: #11625
Joined: Nov 30 2009
Location: aberdeen
Hi, anyone changed the Alternator Belt themselves rather than at a Citroen dealer.

I've removed the belt so as to disconnect Air-Con Compressor from the engine.

Belt by the way is "marked Dayco 6PK 976". "6" refers to the number of ribs and PK is the profile which is pretty much an automotive standard. However 976mm which is the length is very rare. Presumably I can fit a Dayco 6PK 975 as I'm sure the adjuster has more than enough travel to cope with 1mm variance. (Note also that 975mm are used in Picassos and C3s etc).

Regarding tools to move tension out of the way whilst fitting, has anyone got a workaround in lieu of the special Citroen tools.

Regards
G
gulranek   
Tue Jan 03 2012, 05:50PM
Member No: #7028
Joined: Jan 11 2009
Location: Croatia
A few questions - in a week or two I'll cross the 80.000 mile (120.000 km) barrier, which means changing the timing belt, tensioner and water pump, and I'll also change the alternator belt as I still have the original one on.

The sales guy in a firm I found is offering me a very good price on all of this and has said that I should also replace the alternator belt tensioner. What do you lot think, should I?

Also, he said that I should check the amps produced by the alternator, if it's 80 A or 120 A (because the stronger one uses two belts), but I haven't managed to find that particular piece of data anywhere. As my C4 has the basic 1.4 90 HP engine, I'd say it's the 80 Amp alternator, right?
C6 Dave   
Wed Jan 04 2012, 01:31AM

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
It should be pretty obvious looking at the alternator if it has 1 or 2 belts.

The 1.4 is older, more basic technology overall.
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gulranek   
Wed Jan 04 2012, 03:36AM
Member No: #7028
Joined: Jan 11 2009
Location: Croatia
True... And what about the alternator belt tensioner? Is there a reason to change it, or can the original one go on?
C6 Dave   
Wed Jan 04 2012, 04:32AM

Member No: #1
Joined: Aug 07 2006
Location: Northumberland
You'll have to make that decision after checking it, but if it doesn't cost much then change it anyway to be safe
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