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Old 03 Apr 2015, 09:23 pm
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Cool TIMING BELT WISDOM!!

So, I try to do as I say.....concerning timing belts.

I took the Cowboy Cruiser in to my fav dealer to have the stumbling crank sensor replaced.
I though that since I plan the trip out east to Dover in May, I had better just have my fav tech peek at the timing belt.
And, he did see the beginnigs of a little oil wetness around the pan edges, as well.
And, he showed me how someone, before the aftermarket Xenon front end, had bumped a few curbs and pushed the radiator shroud back into, and rubbing the intercooler!

**2005! 10 years old Cruiser. Garage kept most of those years!
ONLY 42,000 MILES!!!
Peek-a-boo! Little cracks in the belt!!!
SOOOO....BELT AGE ALONE SEEMS TO BE A FACTOR, despite low mileage!

We're doing all the work in one fel swoop!
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Old 03 Apr 2015, 09:33 pm
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So, I try to do as I say.....concerning timing belts.


SOOOO....BELT AGE ALONE SEEMS TO BE A FACTOR, despite low mileage![/B]
So forums would have you believe!

But piece of mind is always a wise investment for metal health.

now where are the date codes for drive belts ??

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Old 03 Apr 2015, 09:37 pm
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Belts are rubber...put it this way...would jump out of an airplane with a shoot that was packed 10 years ago..??
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Old 04 Apr 2015, 03:53 pm
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The Blue Gates belt is supposed to have a service life of 3X the standard one. You should be good for another 30 years with it...
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Old 04 Apr 2015, 05:13 pm
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Belts are rubber...put it this way...would jump out of an airplane with a shoot that was packed 10 years ago..??
why the heck would you jump out of a plane?
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Old 04 Apr 2015, 05:34 pm
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silicone and kelvar TFT spray keeps the belts nice and flexible speically as some are now kevlar wound, i do the rubber band drive belt on my HD every service 20K now and ridden in all manner of weathers, i do the ones on the car before start of winter, might squeal a little to start but soon clears.

Having a dad as mechanic also helps loads as my labour charges are free and i get discounted parts, as well as getting loads of tips and tricks on sorting niggles
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Old 04 Apr 2015, 05:57 pm
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So, I try to do as I say.....concerning timing belts.

I took the Cowboy Cruiser in to my fav dealer to have the stumbling crank sensor replaced.
I though that since I plan the trip out east to Dover in May, I had better just have my fav tech peek at the timing belt.
And, he did see the beginnigs of a little oil wetness around the pan edges, as well.
And, he showed me how someone, before the aftermarket Xenon front end, had bumped a few curbs and pushed the radiator shroud back into, and rubbing the intercooler!

**2005! 10 years old Cruiser. Garage kept most of those years!
ONLY 42,000 MILES!!!
Peek-a-boo! Little cracks in the belt!!!
SOOOO....BELT AGE ALONE SEEMS TO BE A FACTOR, despite low mileage!

We're doing all the work in one fel swoop!
So basically, if anyone is looking to purchase an older model PT, that has not had the belt replaced, at least once, regardless of mileage, they should be able to negotiate some $ off the purchase price to include the belt replacement?
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Old 04 Apr 2015, 07:25 pm
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Belts are rubber...put it this way...would jump out of an airplane with a shoot that was packed 10 years ago..??
I use to use chutes close to a ten year mark. I always packed my own but was always looking at the expiration dates....

Funny how in racing you can't have a restraining harness that has a date older then 5-7 years depending on the organization but in a street car we can buckle up in a car that is 20- 30+ years old and never think twice if that belt is going to break or not when it is really needed??

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why the heck would you jump out of a plane?
Better then being kick out a plane.....

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So basically, if anyone is looking to purchase an older model PT, that has not had the belt replaced, at least once, regardless of mileage, they should be able to negotiate some $ off the purchase price to include the belt replacement?
Good luck with that.

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silicone and kelvar TFT spray keeps the belts nice and flexible speically as some are now kevlar wound, i do the rubber band drive belt on my HD every service 20K now and ridden in all manner of weathers, i do the ones on the car before start of winter, might squeal a little to start but soon clears.

Having a dad as mechanic also helps loads as my labour charges are free and i get discounted parts, as well as getting loads of tips and tricks on sorting niggles
ANY product that has petroleum ingredients will deteriorate rubber components.
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ANY product that has petroleum ingredients will deteriorate rubber components.
its industrial grade and is designed for useage on all rubber products, infact i dont think it has any petroleum ingredients in it - but will check , ive been using it for over 15yrs with issue - yet
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its industrial grade and is designed for useage on all rubber products, infact i dont think it has any petroleum ingredients in it - but will check , ive been using it for over 15yrs with issue - yet
I never mentioned any product specific only what will effect rubber.

Just because something is incorrectly used for any length of time may not seem to do any apparent visually observed harm by the user, does not change the true physical nature of the reacting components mated together.
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