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When to change timing belt?

Postby daewhorider » Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:55 pm

Hey i figured since im already doing work on my car to fix my engine i was wondering when shouldi change my timing to prevent a catastrophe, My Lanos is from 1999 1.6 DOHC, 30,000 miles on it. I noticed a lot of timing belt questions on here and serched but couldnt find exactly what im looking for.
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Postby Audacity Racing » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:08 pm

I'm not sure what we would call the consensus, but between 30 and 45 is probably about right. I wouldn't go a day past 50, that's asking for trouble.



I change mine every 35k along with teh waterpump and tensioner. Let other people post up and see what they say is the best time to change it.
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Postby Daniel » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:19 pm

The new interval for 1.6DOHC timing belt replacement is 60k km or 36k miles or 4 years.
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Postby lanowoo » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:07 pm

I would say the best is about 25-35k not wayy to early but not up there in the ohh crap range. 30k is a good number to be an interval XD.
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Postby lanos2001 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:13 pm

i'd say anywhere between 30k and 50k.


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Postby daewoomofo » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:22 pm

if your worried about it, its time to change it. you cant change it too early (theoreticaly) but its very easy to change it too late.
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Postby paul8488 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:52 am

So... I'm guessing that if my 2.0L Nubira timing belt has never been changed and I'm at 130,000 kms I'm on borrowed time...?!?
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Postby daewoomofo » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:17 am

YES, change that belt NOW! lol
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Postby paul8488 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:45 am

Okay, I'm looking into it!

Is 30,000 kms not ridiculously low mileage to have to change a timing belt? Is that normal? Strikes me as very very early. If it has to be done it has to be done... I get that... just curious why it's so early.

What happens if the belt fails? Is there usually damage, or does the car just need to be towed and a new belt replaced? I had a car with timing gears and interference between the valves and pistons (a GM 2.5L IronDuke 4-cylinder), and when it failed the engine went BOOM! From the little I understand most cars now are designed to minimize catastrophic failure if the timing fails, but I'm not sure.
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Postby Rodd1s » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:14 pm

its a little bit more than just having to be towed away and in need of a new belt... more like in need of a new engine if the belt snaps.
better sooner than later, and as daewoomofo said: if your worried about it, change it.

im sure someone on here would be able to explain in detail what happens "When Cam Belts Go Wild!" and snap lol
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Postby Pir0 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:57 pm

Oooh. When cam belts go wild, havent seen that one yet. Seen a few other of the going wild series though XD

I told a friend of mine he had a non interference engine, aka, wont bent valves if the belt snaps and now he refuses to change the belt UNTIL it snaps lol.


I'm sure there's logic in there somewhere.
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