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Old 01 Feb 2011, 04:30 pm
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OK - this question is related to another thread I started on the general forums. I'm looking to buy a used cruiser and have it narrowed down to two. One of them has 95K miles, the other has 75K miles. Neither one has a new timing belt. I was told that the belt needs to be changed at 90K, but I have read elsewhere that the timing belt should be replaced around 180K.

Does anyone know which is correct? Whether or not I will have to change the timing belt on one of these right away is the deal breaker for me.

Thanks - I am feeling so confused!!!
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Old 01 Feb 2011, 04:55 pm
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Default Re: When to change a timing belt

Most owners change at 100K, some may run longer but those usually quit somewhere on the road and have to be towed to a repair place. IF you get the 2005 one, the timing belt should be changed soon. Parts can be ordered from and is a kit that will need all of the parts. I think it runs about $350, and it takes a mechanic about 5-6 hours @ whatever hourly rate they charge. If this is a first time for them walk away, find someone who had done it before.

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Thanks for the advice
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Default Re: When to change a timing belt

The FSM says 90K miles.

Myself I prefer to change somewhat earlier since you have no way of knowing what the mortality curve they based that on, ie you could a engine with the early failure outlier on the curve.

Note the price to change these is high because most folks also have the water pump, tension, timing belt and accesory belts changed since you are already paying for the labor. Another % move is have the cam and crank seals replaced.

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