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Timing Belt mileage/time change?

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Timing Belt mileage/time change?

Post by GlennG2759 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:53 am

I bought my '94 850 with 171k miles on it according to the OBDI in 6/18. With the speedo broken at 125k, PO must have gotten the mileage that way also. The sticker on fender says '09 and at 140k TB change. Should I be considering a changeout because of time. Any recommendations on a complete kit w/WP from FCP or IPD. Does cam locking tool make this job much easier? Never done one before. Thanks in advance

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Re: Timing Belt mileage/time change?

Post by Rattnalle » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:28 pm

Still 8 years on these isn't it?

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Re: Timing Belt mileage/time change?

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:49 pm

With only 20k miles (if sticker is to be believed) since the service, I would be tempted to just replace the belt and keep driving assuming all else passes inspection. Rubber ages in years, sealed bearings and metal parts should not age unless exposed to severe corrosion.
Rattnalle wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:28 pm
Still 8 years on these isn't it?
I don't know what the official rule is, but in general rubber belts should be replaced every 10-12 years regardless of mileage.
'98 S70 T5M - 282,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - part out :cry:
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