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Old 23 Mar 2014, 07:13 pm
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I'm relatively new here, but have been a lurker for awhile now. I own two PTs, an '07 and an '08 NAs. The 07 has 28,000 miles & the 08, below 10,000. Both are close to the time frame for having the timing belt changed. I checked the '07 last week & it looked good, but had a mechanic also look at it. He concurred that it's fine, no cracks, no visible wear. So my question is this. Does anyone here have first hand (or second) experience of a low mileage belt going bad around the time warned in the manuals? I'm ready to have mine replaced, but my mechanic said it would be a waste of $$ doing it now. I plan it have it checked each year. Thanks!
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Old 23 Mar 2014, 08:00 pm
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You don't say where you are ...
My daughter lives in Nevada and rubber ages faster there from the insane heat.
I would still think you're okay if you inspect and look for cracks.
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Dang....forgot that. Live in PA. The '07 (the one we checked) is a Local car. The '08 spent its life in NC....just recently bought it.
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Will you be putting a lot of miles on them?

I agree with QuicksilverDon - just keep an eye on them for cracks or wear.
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Hi All,
I'm relatively new here, but have been a lurker for awhile now. I own two PTs, an '07 and an '08 NAs. The 07 has 28,000 miles & the 08, below 10,000. Both are close to the time frame for having the timing belt changed. I checked the '07 last week & it looked good, but had a mechanic also look at it. He concurred that it's fine, no cracks, no visible wear. So my question is this. Does anyone here have first hand (or second) experience of a low mileage belt going bad around the time warned in the manuals? I'm ready to have mine replaced, but my mechanic said it would be a waste of $$ doing it now. I plan it have it checked each year. Thanks!
Timing Belts are not scheduled to be changed until around 90,000 miles along with the water pump and tentioners
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Old 24 Mar 2014, 05:39 pm
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my cranberry 01 is currently in the shop. They are replacing several things including the water pump, the timing belt was not mentioned, its not listed on my inspection and treatment plan.The timing belt has never been replaced. Soul owner since birth, well 6 miles on her. He has yet to call me back. Shouldn't the timing belt be replaced at the same time? Curious about the serpentine also. Im not sure this is even the proper place to ask, but gonna anyway. Just hit the hundred thousand mark.
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Old 24 Mar 2014, 06:11 pm
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The '07 will be driven regularly, the '08 is a Vert, so it'll be driven just six months a year (at least, that's the plan). I plan to idle it every two weeks or so when it's not being driven. I do know about the mileage recommendations, but was more concerned about the length of time......thanks to all that have responded. Appreciate it.
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Timing Belts are not scheduled to be changed until around 90,000 miles along with the water pump and tentioners

Boonie2, please read the maintenance section of your drivers manual. In my 2004 manual, for instance, it clearly states that the belt should be changed at either 105,000 miles OR 84 MONTHS (7 YEARS), whichever comes first. I can understand that most owners will be reluctant to change the belt if the time issue comes up first. Just as long as they check it carefully for dehydration and/or cracking they will most likely be fine, but I wouldn't let it go to much past 7 years. I changed my 2004's belt at the end of my 7th year, if I remember correctly. My mileage was still very low at that point, so I didn't change anything but the belt (no water pump, tensioner, or idler) at that time. I did also change the a/c, power steering and alternator belts at the same time. I also changed the pcv valve and its hose, changed the make-up hose, flushed brake fluid, flushed power steering fluid, cleaned/oiled the K&N, checked plugs, changed the oil and the filter, changed tranny fluid and filter, flushed cooling system and removed one 180% t-stat and installed a new 180% t-stat, replaced upper and lower radiator hoses, replaced heater hoses, replaced radiator cap, replaced radiator overflow hose, checked/serviced all factory grounds (including the tailpipe tip ground) and also all custom hyper-ground points.

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ummmm ok jerry thanks , was just a general reference
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