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Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:44 pm

After a road trip of about 400 miles I started to hear noises from the engine. Im pretty sure it's the timing belt. It now happens every time I start the engine. Does this mean I should replace the belt asap? Also, I bought the car with 186,000 and now it has around 207,000
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby crocrx » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:45 pm

Timing belts don't make noise really unless they are shredding and rubbing against something. Could be anything. Take it to a mechanic if you are not sure.

Your description is very vague btw.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Myriad » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:02 am

Vague is an understatement. Don't throw money at the problem, a timing belt replacement won't fix a bad alternator.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:53 am

Crap I hope it's not the alternator :/
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Baker » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:38 pm

guardian003 wrote:Crap I hope it's not the alternator :/


Better than a timing belt snapping.
BTW, do you have any record of when, or if, the timing belt and water pump was changed?
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:27 pm

Baker wrote:
guardian003 wrote:Crap I hope it's not the alternator :/


Better than a timing belt snapping.
BTW, do you have any record of when, or if, the timing belt and water pump was changed?


Yeah thanks :D No, I didn't ask the guy when I bought the car, stupid me. The belt seems to be in good condition , I checked the timing and it's not moving around. I also was thinking it may be the water pump but I can't pinpoint where the noise is coming from. Do water pump make noise when going out?
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby raffaelli » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:48 pm

To eliminate the alternator as a possibility, take the belt off it and run the engine.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:54 pm

K,cool. I'm gonna check the alternator belt
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Mista Bone » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:56 pm

Check the timing belt tensioner, might have never been replaced.

Sounds like an alternator belt slipping....but then the belt melted and engine blew up.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:43 pm

I adjusted the alternator belt and it seems to have stopped.
But as I was trying to adjust the alternator with a bar, I accidentally cracked the housing :x Is this bad? The crack isn't too big.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Mista Bone » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:09 pm

650 miles later....my tensioner seized....
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:41 pm

Yeah that's probably a good idea. Would it be fine just replacing the tensioner or should replace the belt and pump?
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Mista Bone » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:19 am

Would you do the same job three times or all at once?

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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby guardian003 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:02 pm

K thanks. I guess I'm gonna have to take the plunge and buy the full kit
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Dave_Darling » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:29 pm

If you do not know for an absolute fact that the timing belt, water pump, and tensioner were replaced within 60,000 miles of now, do it right away. Otherwise, you are just playing Russian Roulette with your engine. Could be fine, could throw the timing belt and smash your valves into your pistons and put holes in very expensive things.

Usually the only noise a bad timing belt makes is a "whuffle" as the pistons move up and down with some of the valves stuck open. Or possibly some smashing noises.

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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby Mista Bone » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:04 pm

have a piston with a hole in it to prove it.
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Re: Time to replace Timing Belt?

Postby BillyZoom » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:07 pm

Replace all belts ASAP. You should do that whenever you buy a used car. You'll probably find the noise while you're in there.
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