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Timing belt replacement interval question

OK, I have 130 k on my '04 Forester. I'm shopping around for a good price. I know I'm a bit overdue, but am I in serious trouble if I don't get it done today, or do I have a little wiggle room? I do 100 miles a day. I don't notice any noise or performance issues, but I'm not a mechanic and don't know what to look for. Ya think I can squeeze a few more k out of it before I start sweating? The $ is an issue right now.
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It sounds like you're aware that the maintenance schedule calls for replacement at 105k miles. This is an important one. You won't notice noise or performance issues. This doesn't degrade gracefully. The only symptom is a broken engine.

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The life of the belt really varies, some have had heavy wear even at 60,000 miles. The one on my FXT taken off at 110,000 miles looks very good, the printing is partially worn off but can still be seen in areas. The only way to really know is to pull off the timing belt covers and check it or just replace it. At 130,000 though I woudl definitely get it done ASAP as thats definitely pushing it. If it fails it will be sudden and will generally require at least an engine rebuilt (the pistons and valves will collide requiring new or rebuilt heads, and possibly new pistons if damaged enough).

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Don't wait, period. Timing belts do not give you a warning. If it pops while you're loafing at 2500 RPMs on the highway, you are toast!

You are so far over the factory-spec'ed interval that it could go anytime now....you've used up your safety margin and are now running on vapors.

Find the place that you trust most and get it done yesterday....period. You'll hate yourself if you break down.

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While I agree It should be changed ASAP....it could go another 50,000 miles or more without issue. I had a corolla with well over 180K without ever touching the timing belt. As long as he knows the risks of letting it ride (destroyed engine) then maybe for him it's worth the chance he takes.

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Hmmm... a hand full of moola to have the timing belt & associated items changed now or a bucket of moola if the engine has to be replaced with the broken timing belt?

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Im fascinated...for germany, the timing belt must be changed after 7 years or 105.000 km (whatever comes first), that are 65.000 miles. Do it quick, do it now.

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I agree with the "age" of the timing belt will add to its deterioration, as much as the total miles. My son's '03X has 28K miles on it now, so we'll talk with our trusted dealership to see if it should be replaced around the 50K miles.

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I don't gamble when it comes to sub-$500- now vs. 1500+ later.......and maybe later means tomorrow? I realize that everyone has their own financial considerations and love (or hate) for riding on the edge.

I'm just a wimp when it comes to taking those chances......

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It sounds to me like if can't afford the $1000 bucks now to have it replaced, you really aren't going to be able to afford the $3000+ to have the engine rebuilt later. It's your choice but I'd rather take the cheaper finacial hit now than the more expensive finacial hit later.

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Im fascinated...for germany, the timing belt must be changed after 7 years or 105.000 km (whatever comes first), that are 65.000 miles. Do it quick, do it now.
It sounds like somebody forgot to do the conversion!

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It sounds like somebody forgot to do the conversion!
His numbers seem correct...10K = 6.2 miles, 105,000K = 65,100 miles

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I think his point is that the change interval should be the same regardless of the unit of measurement. The change interval should be 170,000 kilometers, if someone did the conversion correctly, not 105,000 kilometers;)

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As others' have pointed out above - if the timing belt goes, at best you might wind up with $500-$600 dollar repair on top of everithing; at worst you might have severe damage to the engine, and that means either a different vehicle, or a new engine.

Average TB maintenance/replacment including water pump, and other belts replacement should not run you over $600 dollars US, give or take a $50. This a "ust do" in order to avoid much more dire circumstences in the near future.

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Do it now, I waited to 130k on my civic, and my tentioner went bad, this is why I got the new forester, if I would do it over again, I would just change it earlier.

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