Went to the garage and looked over the shoulder of the mechanic as he
did timing belt and water pump replacement. He ran so long doing the
job he gave me a free oil change.
Total cost: $400.
Old timing belt was immaculate. No cracks at all. Flexible, strong and
all the teeth were present. Probably would have lasted another 50K
miles (I had 155K miles on the car).
Water pump looked like it just came out of the box. No corrosion, and
spun like brand new.
Probably could have gone another year...BUT the alternative...if the
belt broke...would have been worse.
I went 180K on the OEM timing belt and pump, 90% Interstate driving. I'd bet
I could have gone 250k, but I began worrying about the risk so much it was
worth it to have it done and start sleeping well again. :-0
There will also be stories of thopse who have wrecked an engine after
60,000 miles on a camshft belt. What does that prove? Clearly the
menufacturers' recommendations for changing a belt will be
conservative as are all service intervals.
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