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Old 12-30-2001, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Timing belt question

How white is the lettering on a brand new timing belt ? Just wondering because I'm staring at my old one having had it replaced the other day. For that matter does a worn timing belt look like a fan belt.... little cracks etc ??

The dealer told me their rule of thumb when you don't know the last time its been changed is if the lettering's well worn then its probably time to replace it. The lettering on mine is easily readable but certainly not white, I'd say its faded.

I just bought the car [ 91 Legacy ] a few months ago and the owner claimed the timing belt was done at 160k. I don't really believe him because

a] the owership shows he bought the car with 185k so he didn't do it himself and at best took the previous owner's word

b] he was a little misleading about a few other things so I wouldn't put it past him to BS about something you can't verify when buying the car.

Bottom line for me is I'd rather have spent a few hundred $$ and know its good for 80k more than wonder if/when/where its going to snap
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Old 12-30-2001, 08:52 PM   #2
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Don't go by how the letters are faded. Take the timing belt cover out and look at the belt teeth and see if they are starting to crack, or chipping away from friction.

If you're not sure, replace it. These things are always better to replace than assuming other people's unsure words. I replaced my Mirage's timing belt by myself because I wasn't sure when the belt was changed.
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