I have been told by my car dealer that I should have the timing belt replaced, because of the age of the car. I only have 33,000 miles. Should I do it, just on their advice? I thought I could wait until I had 60,000 miles.
by Visitor in Osseo, MN on September 21, 2010
Rubber components will age even if they are not being "used". Also, there is always a tension on the belt even if the engine is off. I have replaced many timing belts with scary cracks on them - even before the suggested mile interval. Just ask some VW tech, they will know what I'm talkin' about...
Don't take the risk, get it replaced so you won't need to worry about serious engine damage.
Thank you for your answer. I will have it replaced. I was quoted $700 to do the job at the dealer. I am not crazy about spending that kind of money, but I understand that it takes several hours to get it off and put another one on.