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2004 Saturn Vue Question: Timing Belt or Chain Replacement

 

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SDSmith, 3.5L V6, Wilmington, DE, June 23, 2010, 18:13
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My repair shop indicated their records show the Vue's timing belt (or chain) needs to be replaced every 50K miles. My Vue has 78K+ miles and runs well. This is an expensive service procedure. I've seen various schools of thought. What is really the recommended mileage?

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    June 23, 2010, 18:19
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    my books say 80000. it will run good till it breaks. by then your expensive service goes another 1500 to 1800 for bent valves.

    Roy

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    Visitor, October 06, 2010, 20:42

    My Saturn dealer was ready to change mine at 100,000 miles. But the car was running great, no rough acceleration or idle. Anyway, just turned 200,000 miles. I am hearing a rattle at about 2500 - 3000 rpm when accelerating. wondering if that might be the cause....???

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    Visitor, December 29, 2010, 14:27

    Factory specs call for replacement at 100,000 mile intervals. This engine is an "interference" engine. Meaning that if the belt breaks the valves will collide with one or more pistons and ruin your engine. I just had mine done by a reliable shop and it cost $348.00. It's cheaper than a new or rebuilt engine.

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