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Old 03 Apr 2015, 08:45 am
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I have 51,000 miles on my 2007 GT. Mechanic reommended I replace timing belt because of age. Should it be replaced because the car is 8 years old? I thought it went by mileage 100,000 miles. Ed
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Old 03 Apr 2015, 09:02 am
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The owners manual calls for 120,000 miles for the timing belt but the recommendation from most is at the 100,000 mile mark. As far as time, the rubber compound that the timing belt is made of degenerates over time regardless of miles. Do yourself a favor and start looking for a good mechanic that's done the belt on a PT before. You have time to check around for a good place and price for the job. Water pump and belt tensioner shuld also be changed at the same time.
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Old 03 Apr 2015, 09:50 am
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The owners manual calls for 120,000 miles for the timing belt but the recommendation from most is at the 100,000 mile mark. As far as time, the rubber compound that the timing belt is made of degenerates over time regardless of miles. Do yourself a favor and start looking for a good mechanic that's done the belt on a PT before. You have time to check around for a good place and price for the job. Water pump and belt tensioner shuld also be changed at the same time.
The interval must vary by model year, the manual on my '06 recommends replacement at 90,000 miles. Maybe it was 120,000 miles on the earlier models, then they may have had some problems with that and decreased the recommendation?
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Also the kind of activity far as driving can affect the aging of the belt. If it sits for long periods without driving can aid the dry rotting of rubber. But if you drive it frequently although not that far. This will allow you to go much longer and keeps the belt in better shape.
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Old 05 Apr 2015, 11:38 pm
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Other than literally looking at the belt to see if there is any wear, is there any performance issues that will help you determine when the timing belt is starting to get weak? I'd hate to see that the belt might be ok for another 20,000 miles and instead end up having it snap and leave me PT-less.
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I have 51,000 miles on my 2007 GT. Mechanic reommended I replace timing belt because of age. Should it be replaced because the car is 8 years old? I thought it went by mileage 100,000 miles. Ed
You can visually inspect a belt to see if it is bad, but you cannot confirm that one is good by visual inspection alone.

I have a 2005 with about 94,000 miles on it. I already have the new belt and all other necessary components including some custom-ground performance camshafts from NitroPT. But I feel fine waiting a little while longer before doing the job.

In the vast majority of cases reported, the timing belt will last over 100,000 miles before breaking. Most of the time, they last quite a bit longer than that. So I have fairly high confidence I will be okay to 100,000. Also, age can play a factor but usually doesn't. Again, I feel fine with my 10-year old belt for a short while longer. And while I hope to find time to do the job soon, I will continue to feel fine about the belt until I reach 100,000 miles.

Everyone has a different tolerance for risk and there is no guarantee, but I believe this is reasonable.
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Old 07 Apr 2015, 12:39 pm
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I have almost 64k on a 2004... I don't plan on changing it..but I am preparing and buying parts/tools...because it could happen any time..yeehaw
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I just blew the belt on my 01 Touring, I don't baby it and its got 181,000 miles on it. I'm looking into cams to go with the new belt.
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I just blew the belt on my 01 Touring, I don't baby it and its got 181,000 miles on it. I'm looking into cams to go with the new belt.
If you weren't "babying it" when the belt blew, you might be looking for some valves to go along with the cams and the new belt.

Most owners are lucky and weren't at high revs when the belt went south but a few weren't so lucky.
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