timing belt age as a sole replacement indicator

Grant Lenahan glenahan at vfemail.net
Tue Apr 22 04:40:46 PDT 2014

Rubber dry rots.  So yes, age is a determinant as well.

But i’m fairly convinced that the belt itself is rarely the issue in our cars.  More often it is a tensioner or water pump that is failing, placing more drag not he belt, and then poof.

That said, after 8-9 years, although i will only have  50-55k on my belt, I’ll do another nose job on my C5

On Apr 21, 2014, at 10:14 PM, DeWitt Harrison <dewitt635 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Some time ago, in fact quite a long time ago, a veteran, very active
> q-lister by the name of Phil Payne expressed the idea that timing belts can
> become dangerously damaged by the simple passage of time, mileage
> notwithstanding. The belt on my venerable 5ktq is in that situation now
> with maybe one or two hundred miles of use but several years -- I hate to
> think how many: ten? -- on the clock.
> I would be very interested to learn what this group thinks about (the
> late?) Mr. Payne's opinion on this matter.
> Thanks,
> DeWitt Harrison
> 1988 5000CS
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