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Old 04 Mar 2013, 08:15 pm
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Hi, new to forum, I found some topics on the belt and they were referring to the miles on the car. I have a 2001 with only 65,000 miles. My question is How much does age affect the durability of the timing belt?
Also When a timing belt snapped on a Ford Escort it damaged valves. What would be the scenario if the PT Timing belt goes? Thanks
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Old 04 Mar 2013, 09:14 pm
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Age at this point has a big factor. It's a rubber product, so dry rot is a factor on low milage pts. That said, pt can only bend a valve if the opposing valves hit each other. Belt can damage covers. It's always better to change before it breaks.
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Old 05 Mar 2013, 08:51 am
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Your way past the age where the belt should have been changed. Most say around 100,000 miles or 7 years.
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and just so you know when it breaks it WILL be at the WORST POSSABLE time that it can happen at either late at night on a deserted highway or when you simply HAVE to be some place some how this seems to be how it works
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and just so you know when it breaks it WILL be at the WORST POSSABLE time that it can happen at either late at night on a deserted highway or when you simply HAVE to be some place some how this seems to be how it works
...something like being caught with a dead battery. But that can be fixed in a relatively short time with little expense.
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Your way past the age where the belt should have been changed. Most say around 100,000 miles or 7 years.

Red1959, your drivers manual is an enteresting read---you should try it.

Mine also states 105,000 miles or 84 months (7 years) whichever comes first. Mine is a 2004 and "I" did it around three years ago.

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I did neglect to factor in a tow bill the inability to ask around and find the best price and best reputation for a shop to do the work. Even if you're doing it yourself, you still have a tow bill and the fact I got to do it now thing happening.
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Red1959, your drivers manual is an enteresting read---you should try it.

Mine also states 105,000 miles or 84 months (7 years) whichever comes first. Mine is a 2004 and "I" did it around three years ago.

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You guys got me to wondering so I checked the manual for our 05 and under schedule "A" it states 120,000 miles or 120 months for the NA and 105,000 miles or 126 months for the turbo.
Under schedule "B" it says to change the belt at 90,000 miles but there is no reference to time.
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You can consider it risk management. I have 39,000 on my 203 and had a few places tell me to get it changed but was laughed at by more. My mechanic friends said I would be fine and have many cars way older with the original timing belts. I am in no hurry to change it and not worried either. There is no expiration date on the belt like milk. Even the dealer said to wait, said maybe would be more concerned if I lived someplace like Arizona due to excessive heat.. If piece of mind is worth 1200 bucks to you go for it.
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You can consider it risk management. I have 39,000 on my 203 and had a few places tell me to get it changed but was laughed at by more. My mechanic friends said I would be fine and have many cars way older with the original timing belts. I am in no hurry to change it and not worried either. There is no expiration date on the belt like milk. Even the dealer said to wait, said maybe would be more concerned if I lived someplace like Arizona due to excessive heat.. If piece of mind is worth 1200 bucks to you go for it.
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