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Old 20 Oct 2014, 07:05 pm
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Question Timing belt life span

I own a 2001 PT Cruiser Limited with the 5-speed stick. I changed the belt at 99,999 miles, it has 156,000 on it now. Was wondering the life span in years on the belt. Does anyone have any idea? I've added a 4 to 2 to 1 Hedman header, Airaid filter and Airaid throttle body spacer. Love the car.
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Old 20 Oct 2014, 07:10 pm
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right around the 100,000 mark. so you should be good to around 200,000.
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Old 20 Oct 2014, 09:54 pm
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According to the box, the blue Gates Racing timing belt has 3x the life of a regular belt. Well, 300,000 miles seems like a lot!
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 07:54 am
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I'm at 190,000 on my replaced one now. I don't know the brand of it. This will be my next big PT enhancement after winter tires.
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 10:19 am
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Default Re: Timing belt life span

id say trying to get to 300,000 on a belt is maybe just pushing it a tad
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 10:57 am
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The replacement of any belts by the OE is based on a new vehicle and the set scheduled recommend replacement periods. The information by most OEs is up to 100k miles.

You must account for age in years and general normal expected wear when considering the life expectancy of any part after the OE no longer has recommended parts replacements schedules.

IMHO most parts will age and wear about 25% faster as the vehicle also ages in years and miles outside the 100k mark.
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 12:13 pm
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the fact he has a manual trans also puts more stress on the belt, IMO

when mine broke, it happened when a truck pulled out in front of me on a slippery wet street. i was moping along ~30mph in 3rd gear. truck pulled out, i hit the brake a split second before the clutch(panic stop, no choice). tires locked, motor stopped, belt snapped.
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 01:12 pm
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Cool Re: Timing belt life span

Thanks for the info. ROB 342, How many miles on your PT when your belt broke? Did it do any head or valve damage? I've had one clutch replaced plus 2 PCM's.

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Old 21 Oct 2014, 03:01 pm
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So I had mine done at 60,000 miles .. It'll be good till 160,000 miles ?
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Old 21 Oct 2014, 03:03 pm
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should be I trhink the after market belts may be a little better than tyhe factory ones but i have nothing to base that on
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