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850 Timing Belt Replacement

Post by banjoman » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:15 am

No doubt this is addressed on the site, but I could not locate it, so my apologies. My 1996 850 Wagon has 240k. The timing belt was replaced 7 years ago with 32,000 miles since. Should I replace it?



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Re: 850 Timing Belt Replacement

Post by matthew1 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:44 am

Yes. You're hitting the time limit, not the miles limit. It's 7 years/70k miles.

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Re: 850 Timing Belt Replacement

Post by misha » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:47 pm

Time is relevant...but with only 32k on the belt i would leave it for 2-3 more years...if that is my car.
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Re: 850 Timing Belt Replacement

Post by erikv11 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:41 pm

If you do decide to replace it keep in mind that this would be an unusual timing belt service: you would only change the belt, because you were concerned the rubber is deteriorating.

A "normal" timing belt service would always replace the accompanying roller pulleys, and sometimes also the hydraulic tenisoner and water pump, etc.

Your climate (GA) is warm but doesn't see very extreme temp swings, so like misha says I might let it go another year or two if it was me. Definitely inspect the belt though, for cracks.
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Re: 850 Timing Belt Replacement

Post by abscate » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:09 pm

I would also run that 2-3 more years, but I am a risk taker.

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