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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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broken timing belt = bent valves ???????

I have been told that my timing belt broke and when that happens,,,,,,,,,9 times out of 10 the valves gor bent because of this.
Any thoughts ?????????????
It's a 96 3.5

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 01:42 PM
 
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You have a 1st gen 3.5. You should be fine. If it was a 2nd gen you'd be shopping for a new car!
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Thanks,,,,,,didn't want to waist my money fixing the belt for nothing.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 03:41 PM
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Lost the belt on our 94 about 5 years ago(@100,000kms) due to a seized water pump.
No bent valves.

As preventative maintenance I had the belt and the water pump changed last month. It's now at 200,000kms. It's good piece of mind knowing that we have a fresh belt in there but from 100,000 to 200,000 kms the last belt looked good as new.
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252,000kms and it's the original belt, so I guess it was it's time to retire
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AFAIK 1st gen in noninterference engine (should be no internal damage)

2nd gen IS interference and serious consequences.
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If it was a second gen youd be in a oh fuck situation....
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So how safe is the 100k rule?

I've only got 40k now so I'm safe, but I wonder if I should do it @ 60 - 70k if you do a lot of high rpm runs?
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So how safe is the 100k rule?

I've only got 40k now so I'm safe, but I wonder if I should do it @ 60 - 70k if you do a lot of high rpm runs?
Every 80K is not a bad idea....
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every 10k isn't a bad idea either. Just a waste of money.

How many timing belts/chains have you heard of that snapped before 100k miles? And how many people haven't changed their timing belts/chains until 150-200k??
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If you drive your vehicle hard there is nothing wrong with changing the belt every 80k, its just cautionary, now every 10 like you said would be rather rediculious....
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I agree. Every 80k for a belt. And if you're doing another repair that puts you in the area, it's an automatic replace, IMO, unless it's already new.
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I did mine at 103k...with racing it and all...
Mine was in decent shape.
I would say 100k +/- 10k would be sufficent



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i am at 128k on original. ~85% highway if that makes a difference. it is just another in a long line of things to do once this weather begins to cooperate. is there any type of advance warning or signal to show that is about to go out?
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