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    Default Timing belt change at 5 years regardless of kms travelled

    Hi guys

    My 380 will be 5 years old this year.

    Mitsubishi recommends the timing belt be changed at 100,000kms or 5 years - which ever comes sooner.

    When my car hits 5 years old it will have travelled about 55,000kms.

    It is really that important to change the belt based on time rather than distance? Interested in thoughts please. The car will be out of warranty so that isn't a reason to change the belt.

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    I was in the same boat last year with my magna as it's low in the mileage dept, the dealer said dont worry about doing it as he rarely if never sees them fail
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    If it was my car, I'd get the belt replaced at 5 years irrespective of the kilometres travelled. If the belt were to break, the resultant engine damage would be serious.
    Last edited by Parsha; 06-02-2011 at 05:18 PM.
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    I had my timing belt done at 110k kms and that was only last year (2002 magna).

    It will probably be fine, but it's a risk you need to be willing to take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danthevrxman View Post
    I was in the same boat last year with my magna as it's low in the mileage dept, the dealer said dont worry about doing it as he rarely if never sees them fail
    Some people on here have run belts well past the time and distance spec without problems.

    Quote Originally Posted by Parsha View Post
    If it was my car, I'd get the belt replaced at 5 years irrespective of the kilometres travelled. If the belt were to break, the resultant engine damage would be serious.
    Lots of damage to valves and pistons can occur. It's worth changing at the right time for your own peace of mind.

    There are some good threads on this topic. Do a search.

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    The materials used in the belt compound wear down over time due to exposure to the elements and heat from the engine bay.

    I'd highly reccommend changing the belt for your peace of mind and to prevent an expensive visit back to the mechanic later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rprodrive View Post

    Mitsubishi recommends the timing belt be changed at 100,000kms or 5 years - which ever comes sooner.
    There's your answer right there. "sooner", not "later". Why risk a nice car for the cost of a belt change? Get the service book stamped to show it has been done, ups the value of your car if you decide to sell it.
    Last edited by MadMax; 06-02-2011 at 06:15 PM.

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    My 02 vr-x is still 66thou and it will be 2013 when it reachest 100k, maybe i should do the timing belt haha
    02 VR-X - 68000kms!!:...GONE (I HATE BOGANS)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HaydenVRX View Post
    My 02 vr-x is still 66thou and it will be 2013 when it reachest 100k, maybe i should do the timing belt haha
    Yes, maybe you should . . . . . it might not reach 100k otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    Yes, maybe you should . . . . . it might not reach 100k otherwise.
    Im guessing the big service i need will cost me something like $800?
    02 VR-X - 68000kms!!:...GONE (I HATE BOGANS)
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