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Timing belts

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by southernshooter, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Where I work they only fix things after they break. They do oil changes but no other preventive maintenance. All nissan hard body, frontiers and toyota tundras. Just traded a tundra with 250,000 miles, was still running good. Nissans all have 160-210,000 miles. No timing belts have ever been changed. My son just had his done on his toyota solara at 120,000. The old one looks absolutely like new. Just wondering how critical the 90,000 recommended change is. Maybe it is because of the consequences if one does break.
  2. tpiini


    Jan 9, 2004
    A timing belt "might" last forever. All that I have changed have looked new. The ones I've seen broken have also looked new, with the exception that they're now long instead of round. The engine damage is MAJOR when one breaks.

    If it's MY car, they get changed on schedule.

  3. Toxie


    Apr 30, 2004
    I had a 97 honda prelude. Recommended change interval: 60,000.
    It broke at 59,500 miles, resulting in bent valves and a brand, new spanking head.

    . . .quality is in the eyes of the beholder. I would get it changed.
  4. Diesel Scout

    Diesel Scout

    Sep 22, 2005
    Oregon City
    I would respect the change interval on that particular item. See if it goes bad you are 100% dead in the water, where ever you may be. At the very least you'll have to do some head work and at the worst it's probably a new engine. Piece of mind is worth quite a bit to me. All that I have helped change look new. However I also have a friend who called me late one night in a panic. She was stuck north of Seattle and her car "just died." She was alone and far from anyone familiar. Fortunatly it all worked out okay. She came out okay and her car got a new engine. The situation had potential to be bad.
  5. Rob96

    Rob96 Millennium Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Allentown, PA.
    Hondas have interference engines, which is why timing belt changes are so critical.