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Old 05-16-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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I just hit 91k on my '07 WRX Limited. I also just installed a VF48 and all supporting mods with a protune. The car is running perfectly right now.

I know I have just inched myself into the window of the 90k-105k timing belt service and I was planning on getting this taken care of right away to ease my mind. However, I have two big ($1k+) trips coming up within the next two months which leave me a bit strapped for cash to use on the car.

Since I take the train to work and only drive the car on the weekends (~50 miles per week on average) it will not be racking up additional miles too quickly. At my current mileage rate I'd imagine I will still be under 95k come August. But I hate the thought of my timing belt going and blowing my motor faster due to the recent upgrades.

So what would you do?

Option 1) Scrape together the money now and get it taken care of so you don't have to worry about it. (This option will most likely put a damper on the trips as spending cash will decrease quite a bit)

Option 2) Stop driving the car, go on both trips and get the service done when you can save up a bit more.

Option 3) Stop being paranoid, continue driving the car as normal, go on both trips and get the service done when you get closer to the 100k mark and can save up a bit more.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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I am not going to say its the smart move, but I would keep driving (only when necessary). Wait till after your trip and then get your belt done. You only live once. Enjoy life. Then get your timing belt done ASAP. Cause you may follow my advice and wipe your valves.... then you'll hate me.

Safest bet is mothball it till you get it done or just get it done and enjoy your trips neways (shouldnt be too hard).

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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Dude, stop putting the lotion in the basket. You don't have to swap out the belt until 105,000 miles, so throttle back.
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Is there a time constraint posted with Timing belt change at 105k? i.e. 105miles or 60months? just curious
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Your car is 5 years younger then mine. I did my first timing belt last year and it looked fine. Just stop with the worrying. If I were you id open the drivers side timing cover (which is easy with the overflow bottle pulled) and peek at it. No glazing or wear marks. No metal dust. Good tension. Go on your trip with a clear head as nothing is about to jump off and the highway isnt a strain anyway.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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Dude, stop putting the lotion in the basket. You don't have to swap out the belt until 105,000 miles, so throttle back.
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Your car is 5 years younger then mine. I did my first timing belt last year and it looked fine. Just stop with the worrying. If I were you id open the drivers side timing cover (which is easy with the overflow bottle pulled) and peek at it. No glazing or wear marks. No metal dust. Good tension. Go on your trip with a clear head as nothing is about to jump off and the highway isnt a strain anyway.
Thanks for easing my mind guys.

I decided to buy the kit from FCP Imports since it is such a good deal ($275). I'm going to wait on having it installed until I get closer to that 100k mark. Splitting the cost this way definitely makes it more than manageable.

02redwagone - I'll take your advice and check the wear/tension this weekend.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #7
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I think you should go with #3
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Is there a time constraint posted with Timing belt change at 105k? i.e. 105miles or 60months? just curious
I believe my 04 owners manual says 105 months.

Don't worry about.
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option 3. save up for oem part number pullies and idlers.
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I believe my 04 owners manual says 105 months.

Don't worry about.
Believe me, I am not worried about it, just curious. Thanks for looking that up btw, just curious. I only really work on toyota's and my one subaru ... so I am not really familiar with their maintenance schedules.

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