| You really can't tell anything looking at a timing belt unless its frayed.
| Usually, if they are going to fail, they look brand new right up until the
| moment of death.
My F20A's balancer*belt ( fitted in 10-05 ) broke in 9-07
when this * still looked new, both mechanic ( good ) &
parts shop owner believe this * was not fitted properly ( in
10-05 ). This shop then claimed a replacement for me, from
In 12-05, my 12-90 Mitsubishi 4G15P 's OEM t-belt ( 15
yr old ) @ 76958 km was visibly cracky when replaced :
mechanic ( honest ) told me to look @ this belt, he said "
You're just in time ; your belt is close to breaking.". He said
car makers are mad to prescribe 100000 km for t-belts in
this warm & humid climate, even OEM t-belts should be
replaced by 70000 km ( I presume he meant before 5yr old
), obviously he'd seen many broken t-belts.
I gather that synthetic rubber cannot deteriorate & yet appear