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Old 01-25-2016, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2003 Alto 1.1gls

Hi to from North Wales UK to all.
Look forward to learning loads about my new car.
Just picked up my 2003 Alto 1.1GLS and was hoping that you good people here can recommend a decent oil and filter for this model.
Also it has done 54000 miles and I suppose that the timing belt requires changing.
I cant find any info on which belt I need, tried searching with the VIN but the number doesn't exist.
There is no service history with the car so if you can advise on any other bits and bobs that require doing that would be great.
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Just bought an old 1,1 Aircon version 12/2003 2 days ago. So im hoping for some input too.
Here in Denmark we have free check-up possibilities, so i'm starting with that. And then iv asked for 3 offers on changing the timing belt too. My old beast have 180000 km on the roads.
Just like you i dont have the service history too. So better safe than sorry.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hard to find any info on the 2003 model which I have.
When I search for parts on E*ay on most drop down options it by passes years 2000 to 2004.
I don't want to order the wrong part!!!
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Sorry guys.
I really can't find sod all info on the alto let alone the 1.1L F10D engine (1061cc).
I have no idea why there is so little info out there .
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Suzuki Models Timing Belt / Cambelt Change Intervals | MyTimingBelt.com

You can check here for your model, the 1.1 shows N/A probably because it has a chain instead of a belt. If you look into the oil filler hole you should see the chain if yours is fitted with a chain. The chain is for life of the vehicle so no need for change.
Certainly the case for the 2014 1.0 I have.

If the 1.1 engine you have is fitted with a belt a quick search on Europarts came back with the required belt
http://beta.eurocarparts.com/timing-belts

As to oil 5W30 or 10W40 is listed for use with the 1.1
5W30 fully synthetic from Halfords is fine to use spin on filter from them as well or any motor factors.

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Just found this on Youtube re changing the belt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCCS1d40WGU
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Hi to from North Wales UK to all.
Look forward to learning loads about my new car.
Just picked up my 2003 Alto 1.1GLS and was hoping that you good people here can recommend a decent oil and filter for this model.
Also it has done 54000 miles and I suppose that the timing belt requires changing.
I cant find any info on which belt I need, tried searching with the VIN but the number doesn't exist.
There is no service history with the car so if you can advise on any other bits and bobs that require doing that would be great.
Cheers
Wil.
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I have a 03 plate Alto which I have had for 3 years now. The belt needs changed at 10 years or 60,000 miles. You can enter your reg number at Euro Car Parts and everything compatible comes up. I would also change all the fluids if you are not to sure of the history especially the gear box oil. My car is going for an MOT next month and hoping to pass 1st time for the 3rd time in a row.
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Changed the belt on the alto this weekend, Ordered the kit from euro car parts for 42.90. All went well until I took the timing belt cover off. Belt completely different to the one. For your reference My car had he original belt still on it so I got the part number Which is 12761N84410 8mm 106 tooth.
Just google the part number and you will be able to cross reference the part with the different manufacturers of the belt.
Hope this helps.

By the way.
A continental belt is 12.90 on euro car parts but there are no kits.
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Hi Will

How was your old belt (Out of curiosity ) ? How long did it take ? Are you a mechanic ? I have an alto with around 90K Miles on original belt . I am not a mechanic but quite good with tools though did not fancy spending a whole weekend on it

Would you recommend changing?
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Takes around 2 to 3 hours to change. Belt actually looked ok but i wasnt prepared to take a risk on it. Basically follow the youtube clip linked on this thead and you wont go far wrong. All i can add to it is after you have put on the new belt do not put too much tension on the pulley. You should be able to twist the belt through 90 degrees on the longest part.
I learnt the hard way and had to take the cover off again, no i am not a mechanic just someone like you who likes to have a go at things.
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