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I’m think­ing of buy­ing a 2009 Kia Pi­canto 1.1 with 66,000 miles on the clock, but know noth­ing about them. Can you tell me if there is a cam­belt or tim­ing chain on the car? If it has a cam­belt, at what mileage should it be changed and is it an easy job? Is there a man­ual avail­able? John

The Pi­canto 1.1 diesel has a tim­ing chain, so no re­place­ment sched­ule is set. The petrol ver­sion re­quires a tim­ing belt change at 60,000 miles or 72 months. The book time for re­plac­ing the belt on the petrol model is 1.6hrs, or 1.8hrs if the car has air-con­di­tion­ing.

Haynes pub­lish a ba­sic ser­vic­ing guide for the 1.1 petrol – you can view it here:

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