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Old 12-23-2012, 11:48 AM
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Default How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

I have a 95 Ranger 2.3L that I got from my uncle who lives in Washington. Before I got the truck here in Texas he told me that the timing belt needs to be changed. He gave me all the service records and last time the belt was changed was at 99k miles. The truck now has 146k miles. Do I need to change it now, and how long is the normal changing interval?
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:05 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

After a quick check in my owner's manual, I can't find it. It think it's supposed to be every 100,000 miles but since I can't find it in the manual, I can't confirm that.

For my CR-V, it's every 105,000 miles or every 7 years, which ever comes first. Of course, the CR-V has an interference engine (if the belt breaks, the pistons will hit the valves), so it's more critical that it gets done on it.

The 2.3L and 2.5L Ranger engines are non-interference, so nothing will get damaged if the belt breaks. Murphy's Law says it will break at the most inconvenient time though.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:29 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

I looked through a 1997 manual and it says to "inspect" the belt at 120,000 miles. I would replace at 100,000 mile intervals.
I remember back in the old days when belts weren't nearly as advanced, the timing belts were replaced at 60,000 miles.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:54 PM
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I looked through a 1997 manual and it says to "inspect" the belt at 120,000 miles. I would replace at 120,000 mile intervals.
There we go then. I knew there was something in there about the belt. I was just in too big of a hurry and missed it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:18 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

When is starts slipping, or breaks, is when you need to replace it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:30 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

mine broke at 122xxx.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:04 PM
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mine broke at 122xxx.

did you ever replace your belt before then?
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:06 PM
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There are some little rubber plugs in the timing cover that you can pull out to inspect the belt. Do that. Time is just as important a factor as mileage on rubber wear items.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:15 PM
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I got the truck in may but the guy who had it before me probably didnt change it.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:06 AM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

With belts, the good rule of thumb is 100k. You could go longer but its a gamble.


I love my timing chain.....those suckers last forever.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:13 AM
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With belts, the good rule of thumb is 100k. You could go longer but its a gamble.


I love my timing chain.....those suckers last forever.
Yea thats what I like the most about my dad's 98 Tacoma 2.4L engine, it has a timing chain. But 100k miles isn't too bad. That means I still have 55k miles to go before I need to replace my belt.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:46 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

Chains are great however they s t r e t c h over time as well from certain driving characteristics.
EVERYTHING mechanical quits.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:57 PM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

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There are some little rubber plugs in the timing cover that you can pull out to inspect the belt. Do that. Time is just as important a factor as mileage on rubber wear items.

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this! ^^^
on my 99 2.5, if you just pull the timing belt cover back with your fingers you can see if it's wearing or cracking
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:03 AM
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Default Re: How often does the timing belt need to be changed?

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There are some little rubber plugs in the timing cover that you can pull out to inspect the belt. Do that. Time is just as important a factor as mileage on rubber wear items.

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I agree. Time is a factor also.....I would do 6 years and about 80k............

Now that I am older and wiser....I look at these things a little differently.......I have had a lot of "used" cars under my watch for the last 10 years or so....They very rarely "break down" on me......I would rather spend 2 hours on a Saturday......changing radiator hoses, serpentine belts, plugs and wires.....fluids etc..........then have the car break down on me 20 miles from home....A car broken down takes hours to get repairs done, towing etc... and sometimes you get financially hosed trying to get it fixed............Just do all the maintenance and repairs ahead of time.......go to rockauto..... order all the maintenance items for cheap .....it makes life easier.....
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:38 AM
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