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  • avatar MrShift@Edmunds 06/29/10 11:13 am PST

    1. Inspect the belt closely. If the following problems are evident, replace the belt with a new one.

    (1) Hardened back surface of rubber.
    Back surface is glossen, non-elastic and so hard that when the nail of your finger is pressed into it, no mark is produced.

    (2) Cracked back surface of rubber.

    (3) Side of belt is badly worn.
    NOTE:
    A belt in good condition should have clear-cut sides as if it were cut with a sharp knife.


    (4) Teeth are badly worn out.
    Initial stage : Canvas on load side of the tooth flank worn (fluffy canvas fibers, rubber gone, color changed to white, and unclear canvas texture)
    Last stage : Canvas on the load side of the tooth flank worn down and rubber exposed (tooth width reduced).

    (5) Missing tooth.







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  • MrShift@Edmunds 06/29/10 11:13 am PST

    1. Inspect the belt closely. If the following problems are evident, replace the belt with a new one.

    (1) Hardened back surface of rubber.
    Back surface is glossen, non-elastic and so hard that when the nail of your finger is pressed into it, no mark is produced.

    (2) Cracked back surface of rubber.

    (3) Side of belt is badly worn.
    NOTE:
    A belt in good condition should have clear-cut sides as if it were cut with a sharp knife.


    (4) Teeth are badly worn out.
    Initial stage : Canvas on load side of the tooth flank worn (fluffy canvas fibers, rubber gone, color changed to white, and unclear canvas texture)
    Last stage : Canvas on the load side of the tooth flank worn down and rubber exposed (tooth width reduced).

    (5) Missing tooth.







  • manaal 09/29/11 7:15 am PST

    you are very very fortunate..147k on your timing belt is almost unheard-of....good for you..or your daughter.
    yes..i strongly suggest to replace the timing belt A.S.A.P.
    it is an interferance engine..you will put more than $60 timing belt cost OEM..instead of pulling the cylinder head and replacing alot of valves and related parts.
    i'm lucky that my golfing friend is a machinest,and doing the labor for free and the parts at cost..
    timing belt broke and pistons hit half of the valves,before it seezed.
    i will be in it for aproximetly $300 in parts.
    the car only had 87k miles..
    i thought i heard 1st replacement of timing belt is at 90k miles.
    good luck...change the timing belt..dont wait till it breaks.

    mana..

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