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Old 06-22-2001, 12:10 PM   #1
mikemo
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Question cam belt change, miles or months

Hello. I just bought a MY93 wagon (11k miles, verified). Aside from 4 oil changes and a new battery, the car has had no other maintenance. The owners manual has change intervals for all the maintenance items listed as miles OR months. It is saying that at 60k miles OR 60 months I should change the cam belt. I can see changing the fluids when they are old, but a belt?
Should I stick with the time recomendations or not worry about it for now. If I go by mileage I've got alomst 50k left before a cam belt change.
BTW, is the cam belt a difficult job?
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Old 06-22-2001, 03:52 PM   #2
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Change it!, Its a 93, and with 11k miles on it, I assume its been standing still ALOT, which is not good for the belt also.

The belt costs about $100, or somewhere around there ( at least for the MY99 RS it does, and its a SOHC too). But 16 valves + work time cost alot more.

The job is fairly easy, as long as your mechanically inclined.
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Old 06-22-2001, 07:45 PM   #3
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It's no more difficult than changing the timing belt on any other vehicle. Standing isn't really that good for belts, either, so I would definitely change it.

I believe that the later 2.5 engines are interference engines, so if the belt snaps, at minimum, your valves are toast.
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