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Old 03-23-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default Timing Belt oem or aftermarket?

I am getting ready to put my 2.5 liter engine back together and am trying to decide if I should get an OEM Timing belt or get an after market one? If I go after market what is the better after market one to go with?
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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I am getting ready to put my 2.5 liter engine back together and am trying to decide if I should get an OEM Timing belt or get an after market one? If I go after market what is the better after market one to go with?
I was told that aftermarket belts often screech more. This is more common on the accessory belts but I just went with oem to be safe.

Don't know how true that is though so don't quote me on it.

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Old 03-23-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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I was told that aftermarket belts often screech more. This is more common on the accessory belts but I just went with oem to be safe.

Don't know how true that is though so don't quote me on it.
If your timing belt is screeching there are serious problems and your engine is probably not running anymore. Gates makes quality timing belts and offers complete kits with pulleys and some other necessary bits. I read somewhere on here that a new engine had a gates belt on it so they may be oem supplier.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:42 PM   #4
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If your timing belt is screeching there are serious problems and your engine is probably not running anymore. Gates makes quality timing belts and offers complete kits with pulleys and some other necessary bits. I read somewhere on here that a new engine had a gates belt on it so they may be oem supplier.
That's right I forgot the gates kit is actually pretty good from what I've heard and that's what a lot of people use. It's the accessory belts that often make the loud noises. Specifically the one the oil change places try to replace for you. They didn't convince me lol.

I went all oem anyway.
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I use gates and I have had customers supply there own belts (cheap ones), you can see the differance in thickness between a good belt and a cheap one. Pay for a good belt they are worth it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:22 PM   #6
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The Gates kit is OE quality, don't be afraid to use it. You can get a great price on it from ImportImage.
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I get gates kits from Napa locally.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
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I think I am going to go with oem as I can pick it up at the dealer cause I need to finish by the end of this week. Unless I order one today and have it by friday or something.
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IIR has them in stock, and it would be 2-3 days from Florida with ground shipping.
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It's the accessory belts that often make the loud noises. Specifically the one the oil change places try to replace for you. They didn't convince me lol.
There's no hope for anyone who lets Jiffy Lube talk them into changing their accessory belts.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:54 AM   #11
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OEM or Gates is what I would use.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #12
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GATES is OEM. (pulley wise ) Its a 2.5 N/A why spend extra money?
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:36 PM   #13
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I went with Gates and saved about120 bucks through them. I went to the dealership and bought I clamp I broke and its was 5 bucks so I try not to buy stuff at the dealership...
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I use Gates on my cars.

Since nobody has mentioned it, I strongly suggest you replace your idler pullies.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #15
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I did the belt on my 2.2 and got an SKF kit from RockAuto.com. The kit came with a new belt, the idler pullies, cam seals, tensioner & water pump. Basically everything behind the timing cover that is replaceable. Figure if you are that far into the engine, might as well do it all then, rather than tearing it all apart a month later to do a water pump or a cam seal. Just my personal opinion...
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I use Gates on my cars.

Since nobody has mentioned it, I strongly suggest you replace your idler pullies.
Especially that cogged idler, lol rough everytime
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